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Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring markings, gold ring, lancaster pa
gold ring, lancaster pa, rectangle: Hello Rick and thank you for your inquiry. I believe your mark belongs to J. F. Apple Co., Lancaster Pa. They were a maker of jewelry and watches in the 1930 s. Maybe after cleaning the ring, you can make our the karat or wording in the rectangle. Hope this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring rash, nickel sensitivity, gold jewelry
nickel sensitivity, gold jewelry, metal producer: Melisa, thanks for letting me know the added info and your plans. I also would think the other rings you wore were made of the more regular nickel white gold. One outside suggestion is to get a jeweler to take a good look through a microscope at the inside...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: RODIUM PLATING & GEM STONES, heat shock, plating process
heat shock, plating process, faceted stones: Lelane, generally most stones are quite safe in the plating process. The stones which are affected by acids and chemicals include lapis, pearls, turquiose, some badly flawed emeralds and a few others. Most all faceted stones such as diamonds, cz, topaz, etc....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replacement metals for platinum, gold alloys, gold alloy
gold alloys, gold alloy, finger injuries: Johnny, I really like the way you asked this question. What you want and what your need are clearly stated. Please know, this is not your answer tonight but is to let you know I have the question and will answer tomorrow evening when I am home from work....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, goldsmith, plat
goldsmith, plat, good luck: It could mean a lot of things.. it may refer to the designer or the Goldsmith.. or if it is platinum what you have to do is bring it to a Goldsmith.. when you ask is the ring real ...?...are you asking if it s gold or platinum and not simply plated...?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rose gold cracks, brittle metal, color match
brittle metal, color match, flow point: Ken, I assume the new piece is already cast and your reference to cooling is after the soldering is done? If so, I am not certain cooling in the pickle or the boric acid/alcohol will make much difference. I would likely use the boric acid/alcohol for cooling,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Henry IV bracelet, ebay auction, accurate visualization
ebay auction, accurate visualization, jewelry appraisers: Thank you for your inquiry. Although your item sounds very interesting, it would be very difficult to do an identification without first seeing a photograph and even then, nothing replaces a hands-on examination. With so many designs and styles it is difficult...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling and 10K Gold Chains, 10k gold chains, legal designation
10k gold chains, legal designation, sterling chain: Deborah, wow what a question. : ) This is something I would have to see at the store to make a call on what is being sold. There is no such thing as a gold alloy made of sterling silver and 10kt gold. First of all, sterling is a legal designation for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: soak diamond, diamond engagement ring, mild soap
diamond engagement ring, mild soap, david fortier: Hi Jenn~ Don t worry! You could leave it in there for a thousand years (literally) and never hurt the diamond. Metals can be a little more finicky, but trust me an hour will not hurt. Colored stones are a different matter. Some are very sensitive to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver (925) repair, sterling silver 925, torch work
sterling silver 925, torch work, plastic stuff: Hi, Jodi. Thanks for this question. I will give it my best shot. As for opals, I cannot tell you a way to determine real from fake when it comes to synthetic or man made opals which are made like the real ones but in a lab. This takes microscopic examination...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite, fiber optic lighting, interference colors
fiber optic lighting, interference colors, same refractive index: I understand your skepticism about this stone. The cold hard fact is, for me as a seller on such an auction site, often stones sell for less than cost. Overall, I make money. But I do not make money on every stone- not by a long stretch! There is an...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trading in an old wedding ring toward the purchase of a new one, gemologist appraiser, wholesale importer
gemologist appraiser, wholesale importer, old wedding: Good question. Without seeing the diamond It s hard to say. Jewelers always make money on a trade. If you want you can save the money the jeweler makes by being the jeweler yourself. Go to the city and buy the diamond from a wholesale importer, hire a gemologist...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trying to identify grandma's ring, jewelry appraiser, tiny diamonds
jewelry appraiser, tiny diamonds, emerald stone: Hello Kelli and thank you for your inquiry. Without more information or description on the hallmark it would be difficult to do much research without actually getting a visual of the mark. It is probably 14 karat and the stones possibly genuine. I would suggest...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage Glass Necklace, rhinestone necklaces, crystal drop
rhinestone necklaces, crystal drop, online auctions: Hello Cathy and thank you for your inquiry. It is difficult to tell whether the necklace has faceted crystal drops or more of a rhinestone drop. Length looks about 17-18 . You might be able to find one at one of the local online auctions such as ebay.com....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Gold, white gold jewelry, gold engagement ring
white gold jewelry, gold engagement ring, gold color: Dear Ailbhe, what is showing is the natural tarnish effect of gold is allowing a yellowish color to show or the natural color of the white gold of the ring. If the ring was rhodium plated to start, the wearing of the rhodium will allow the natural white gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet, diamond tennis bracelet, white gold diamond tennis bracelet
diamond tennis bracelet, white gold diamond tennis bracelet, palladium nickel: Mostly all white gold is Rhodium finished to protect the white gold from turning slightly Yellowish over time, that is the nature of white gold since its a mixture of yellow gold (natural state) and white alloys such as silver, palladium, nickel etc......white...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I want to identify maker of my ring by its marks, seed pearls, rubylane
seed pearls, rubylane, insurance purposes: Hello Jane and thank you for your inquiry. I have found no other marks using only B&Co. However, if your ring is precious metal, gold or sterling, it should be marked as such - 14K or other karat, 925 or Sterling. It is very difficult to tell seed pearls and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold minerals, palladium, platinum
palladium, platinum, white: Hi Dawn! Sorry to tell you but Platinum is rhodium plated too! If you want to go with something that looks great just as it is, is making new inroads in the jewelry market, and is somewhat exotic- try palladium. There are challenges when it comes to resizing-...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold ring, gold wedding ring, white gold wedding ring
gold wedding ring, white gold wedding ring, 14k white gold: You say If it is still white underneath but you told me that it was yellow underneath, didn t you? it appears to have a yellow color. Its so bad people think its a yellow gold ring! I know about rhodium plating and the effects of time, etc. But you can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How can I be sure a 14k charm is indeed gold?, aqua regia, 14k gold charm
aqua regia, 14k gold charm, gold tester: Today there are several ways to determine Karat Gold quantity, by filing into the metal a drop of Aqua-Regia Acid is placed on the metal and a non reaction will assure the metal is indeed gold, if the metal turns green and bubbles it most certainly is NOT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k mark, bench jeweler, call jewelers
bench jeweler, call jewelers, family rings: Kerry, this is an interesting question. Here is why: I cannot recommend a karat stamp without also a makers mark or the mark of the jeweler who tests the metal to be sure it is 14 karat. That is how the law reads: Karat mark not legally required but if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 24k AK, 24 karat, pure gold
24 karat, pure gold, 24k: Amanda, if this ring is actually what the marks indicate, you have a ring made of 24 karat gold, pure gold. The AK would be the makers mark according to stamping regulations in the USA. The only to know for certain if the 24k is valid is to have the ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Alexandrite, gia cert, kenya africa
gia cert, kenya africa, alexandrites: Hello, I would sell it on ebay if I were you. You will need good pictures and a GIA cert. would not be a bad idea. As you know good alexandrites are rare and expensive. There are however a lot of lower grade alexandrite on the market. Prices vary according...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Andesine/feldspar, gemstone trade, sun stone
gemstone trade, sun stone, gem mineral: HI DEBBIE, THERE IS NATURAL COLORED HONEY, ORANGE, PEACHY GREEN ANDESINE . IT WOULD BE MORE LIKELY CALLED OREGON SUN-STONE OR LABRADORITE. ANDESINE IS ATRADE NAME. THIS WHOLE AREA OF FEDESPARS IS SUCH A MESS I WOULD NOT BE SERIOUSLY BE INVOLVED IN BUYING...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Costume Ring with horseshoe mark, auction ebay, costume ring
auction ebay, costume ring, ebay: Hello Laura and thank you for your inquiry. It would be very difficult to give you information on the ring without a visual or more information on the mark. Is the ring precious or costume ? Is the horseshoe all that is present - any lettering, numbers ? Is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Fish/Sea Monster Ring, monster ring, ruby eyes
monster ring, ruby eyes, sea monster: Yes I have seen that style ring. The snake ring that wraps around the finger is also ver popular. That style has been around for a long time. It might be a reproduction of an antique or a modern piece There are many of them. Have it appraised!! Arthur...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Ring, eagle jewelry, shop ebay
eagle jewelry, shop ebay, ebay: Hello and thank you for your inquiry. It would be difficult to give you much information without a visual examination of the item. Here are two sites that may have information that will help you and also if you have a picture, that would help. http://whatsitworthtoyou.com/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: annealing fine silver wire, electric kiln, jewelry work
electric kiln, jewelry work, denatured alcohol: Hi, Carole. I will try to help even if we do only rarely furnace anneal our metals. The information below is from an interesting website I found. You will see the temperatures here. Time depends on the thickness of the silver to some extent but I expect...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique jewelry, shield shape, gold content
shield shape, gold content, antique bar: Hello Laura and thank you for your inquiry. The only maker I have found in my resources that fits your mark description is L. Fritzsche & Co. out of Newark, N. J. They were active around the turn of the century through the 1930 s. The 14 and K probably indicates...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Black Onyx Ring, black onyx ring, 10k yellow gold
black onyx ring, 10k yellow gold, annette: Hello Annette and thank you for your inquiry. My resources list SP as being a logo for General Chain Co. in Providence, R. I. They were active in the 1930 s . So far, that s the only SP I ve been able to locate. The design you describe was popular during...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bolder Opals, stone beads, blue topaz
stone beads, blue topaz, citrine: Hi Pat , Boulder is Brown,so I like to have something yellow with it try any yellowish looking stone beads like yellow citrine or yellowish quartz, depends what you want to spend , but amber would be excellent . .I use blue topaz in settings with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Canary Diamonds v. Yellow Sapphires, yellow sapphires, canary diamonds
yellow sapphires, canary diamonds, gem info: Mel, I am not an expert on this but am an expert in putting either into a fine piece of jewelry art. : ) However, I will mention some basic differences in sapphire and diamond which with comparison you should be able to see easily, or certainly see with the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Certificate of Evaluation, gem sellers, return privilege
gem sellers, return privilege, insurance appraisal: Hi, Grace. We often do our homework way after school..all of us. As for the certificate, most Internet diamond sellers and some colored gem sellers offer the paperwork with no added charge. Why? The papers are part of the marketing and are an attempt to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Certification, certification question, cart before the horse
certification question, cart before the horse, color tone: Hi... well you do know what Kansas night rhymes with...? that would be Tanzanite... so much for my speech recognition program.. I was trying to tell you is that Tanzanite is very soft scratches easily... you have to be careful that the CGJL certificate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Copper And Brass, safety data sheets, clear lacquer
safety data sheets, clear lacquer, copper and brass: Helen, I have not heard of anyone having health difficulty with copper or brass crafted jewelry items. There are reported sensitivities to copper, a developed sensitive nature from exposure to the metal in industrial situations; however, I honestly do not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: calla cut diamonds, calla cut diamonds, calla cut diamond
calla cut diamonds, calla cut diamond, calla cut diamond ring: HI FAWN, I CAN REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR DILLEMA, BUT LETS DISECT THE REASONING. YOU SAY IT WAS LIKE IT WAS MADE FOR ME . NOW WHY WOULD YOU QUESTION SOMETHING THAT WAS MADE FOR ME ? ESPECIALLY IN THE IS IT A WISE INVESTMENT? CONTEXT. IS A DIOR DRESS OR...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: costume jewelry cleaning, mild dish detergent, collecting costume jewelry
mild dish detergent, collecting costume jewelry, rhine stones: Phyllis, this is a delicate question. : ) You see, costume jewelry runs the complete range from easily cleaned to clean it and you ruin it . Sometimes, it is quite difficult to tell what is durable enough for even gentle cleaning and you simply have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cufflinks - gerdes, professional jeweler, gold content
professional jeweler, gold content, online auctions: Hello Ellene and thank you for your inquiry. Your cufflinks are very nice and do have an Egyptian look to them, possibly Art Deco. If there are no manufacturer or other markings on them you would need to have them tested for gold content. Since this involves...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Du BARRY leaf pin, company c, envelopes
company c, envelopes, crest: Hello Barbara and thank you for your inquiry. DuBarry apparently went out of business or was purchased by another company c. 1960-70. These could have been either for resale or for employee use. I don t have a beginning date for the company, but I imagine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: deformed engagement ring, car steering wheel, door latch
car steering wheel, door latch, thin section: Kelly, first of all the ring needs to be brought to the attention of the place or person who sold the ring in the first place. And, I can certainly understand why your fiance is upset. Yes, gold of any karat can bend as can other metals. Bending does not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: drilling 1 mm holes, diamond drills, diamond tools
diamond drills, diamond tools, dremel tool: Hi, Use triple ripple daimond bits, here is a link to buy them. http://www.alpha-supply.com/diamond-tools-diamond-tools-diamond-drills-triple-ripple-drills/ You could try the 1.5 mm bit. Go slow and keep the bit cool with water. Regards, Steven...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: drop necklace, fashion trends, curve
fashion trends, curve, definitions: Hi, Edward. There are many terms used in jewelry of which many are not familiar. Oftentimes, men are left in the dark while the ladies keep up with fashion trends. In the most general sense, a drop necklace is one with a central drop part, such as a pendant...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: earrings cast in lead?, colors of light, antique fairs
colors of light, antique fairs, different colors: Hi .. doubt they would be solid lead...perhaps Pewter...which is mixture lead and tin...and it can be cast ...I suggest you find an antique estate appraiser...be sure to ask price first ..should be free .. I know at antique Fairs can cost as low as $5......

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Certification, apprasal, gemological laboratory
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Certification, apprasal, gemological laboratory, ebay

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gothic 14K gold
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gothic 14K gold

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying of iridium in gold ornments, grain refinement, wide gap
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying of iridium in gold ornments, grain refinement, wide gap, jeweleries

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewlery marking (stamp), gold content, karat gold
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewlery marking (stamp), gold content, karat gold, mail type

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mercury on a gold ring, metal hanger, jeweler
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mercury on a gold ring, metal hanger, jeweler

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turquoise sterling repair, nike air max shoes, nike air max
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turquoise sterling repair, nike air max shoes, nike air max, gemstone jewelry

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: freeform opal, art deco style, jewelry appraiser
art deco style, jewelry appraiser, gold design: Hello Branda and thank you for your inquiry. You have a beautiful pendant. The 14K is 14K gold and the 5UP could be a design number. I have no manufacturer logo with that lettering. In order to assess a value, you would have to have it appraised by an estate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: German Made Cigarette Lighter Jeweled Lipstick Holder, lipstick holder, european jewelry
lipstick holder, european jewelry, accessory companies: Hello Sharon and thank you for your inquiry. This is a very nice vintage lighter. Unfortunately I have not been able to find out anything on Fewel. It is difficult to locate European jewelry and accessory companies especially early ones prior to WWII. A lot...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold flakes, troy ounce, pencil lead
troy ounce, pencil lead, raw gold: Erik, even with gold prices high for the last year and actually going over $1000 per troy ounce spot price for pure gold, I believe your daughter will be better served keeping her gold as a memory of the Colorado trip. Gold closed this previous week at...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold makers mark, one hundred years, diamond shape
one hundred years, diamond shape, relative term: HI DENISE, OLD IS A VERY RELATIVE TERM. IT COULD BE CONSIDERED OLD TO A CHILD AND NOT SO OLD COMPARED TO MY GRANDMOTHER. ALTHOUGH 10K GOLD HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LITTLE OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS, ACTUALLY LONGER BUT NO ONE STAMPED IT SINCE IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Plate, gold plated flatware, foxwell
gold plated flatware, foxwell, gold jewelry: I m really not an expert in this field however... I can t imagine that there would be enough gold in a melting process since plating is only millionths of an inch-thick ... there are people that make jewelry out of sterling ware but I cannot imagine they pay...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Ring, jewelry companies, demello
jewelry companies, demello, 10k gold: Hi DI, The 375 may mean 10K gold the other numbers I think are reference or hallmarks that may be Jewelry Companies that I m not fammiliar with. The tough thing about jewelry companies is that there are as many out there as people with initials. Arthur...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gothic 14K gold, initial ring, 14k gold
initial ring, 14k gold, jewelry: Vicki, I believe Gothic is the maker s name. It there is another stamp near the 14k which could be the maker s name, then the Gothic may be a description of a particular line of jewelry. The word has nothing to do with the quality of the metal. Thanks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold, quality mark, jeweler
quality mark, jeweler, jb: Tyler, in the USA only certain markings are allowed to show the quality of metal in an item of jewelry. Along with the quality mark is required a mark showing the maker of the ring. The idea is that the maker is attesting to the quality mark being valid and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold metal quality, metal quality, 14k ring
metal quality, 14k ring, pure gold: Avery, I seriously doubt 525 has been used as a mark for metal quality with gold. If so, it would represent a metal of 52.5% gold and the rest other metals in the mix. A number of 525 would be 0.525 x 24k = 12.6 karat. Certainly, this could not be a mark...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold plate, pen plater, plate solutions
pen plater, plate solutions, gold color: Ida, with the gold wearing off it must have been added to the silver by electroplating. Over time the thinner plate has worn down. The color may be redone in the same manner. This company has a full compliment of supplies and “how to” information: ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Help with Identifying Hallmark on Ring/Bracelet Set, jewelry appraiser, precious metals
jewelry appraiser, precious metals, antique shop: Hello Lori and thank you for your inquiry. This sounds like a nice set and the markings are complicated. Here is a site that you may want to browse for similar markings: http://www.925-1000.com/foreign_marks.html Since these are diamonds and probably...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying of iridium in gold ornments, metal alloys, physical appearance
metal alloys, physical appearance, iridium: Dear Chandra Sekar, I do wish a look could tell the make up of precious metal alloys. Iridium is often added to platinum to make pure platinum suitable for jewelry use, generally in either 5% or 10% iridium by weight. Still, to identify the iridium is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry making, cabochon stones, gold silver jewelry
cabochon stones, gold silver jewelry, ring shape: Hi, Sadie. I am working on an answer for you. Do not be disappointed if all subjects are not fully covered. Honestly, what you ask can fill many, many pages with illustrations and that is beyond the scope for a voluntary free site such as this. Hopefully...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewlery marking (stamp), trapezoid shape, denver colo
trapezoid shape, denver colo, antique mall: Hello Leslie and thank you for your inquiry. The only way to tell if your item is gold since it is not marked is by having it tested. This is usually done professionally by a jeweler or gemologist. Ask your local antique mall or museum for a referral to someone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: japanese silver, silver content, bleaches
silver content, bleaches, silver jewelry: Follow up to Emily-------------------------- Emily, thanks for getting back. I should think the seller could provide more of an explanation of the silver. Argentium silver uses the basic copper/silver mix as regular sterling but also uses germanium as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Learning to solder -- advice needed, pertinent advice, source flux
pertinent advice, source flux, soldering techniques: Pat, I always like to talk with folks who are involved in metal working like this. Please use a follow-up to get back with me and let me know of a few ways you have tried to solder and how you did it. Please include every detail you can think of..starting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lucky Strike Cufflinks, online auctions, lucky strike
online auctions, lucky strike, ebay: Hello Ann and thank you for your inquiry. What neat cufflinks ! I ve seen Lucky Strike jewelry in other forms, but not like these. Do they have a maker name or logo on them anywhere ? Might help in locating a manufacture date. The style was popular in the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Melting Down Old Gold Rings, bench jewelers, quality custom work
bench jewelers, quality custom work, reputable person: Helen, likely we live far from one another and I will not be able to recommend a specific jeweler for the work. You do need a reputable jeweler with bench jewelers working in-house. The bench jewelers are the ones actually doing the work. Check stores that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Metal Puncher? Soldering question, bench clamp, silver solders
bench clamp, silver solders, odd objects: Melissa, was the punch rod too large for the hole? Generally these are a close fit but do not get stuck. All I can suggest is to hammer the rod out from the back side using some strong wooden rod or similar on the punch and hammer on that with the hole plate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark, kroener, newburgh new york
kroener, newburgh new york, gold band: Thank you for your inquiry. The only manufacturer/designers I have with this logo are Adolph Kroener, Inc. of New York City and Aaron Kades Co. of Newburgh, New York. Kades was a wholesaler so I m doubtful the AK is for them because wholesalers didn t usually...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: melting plated gold jewelry, pot metals, precious metals
pot metals, precious metals, gold content: David, thanks for this question. With the higher prices of precious metals in the last year your question is quite appropriate. Fortunately for buyers the prices are down some now but who know the future. : ) Plated gold jewelry is going to contain perhaps...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mercury on a gold ring, wet paper towel, gold wedding band
wet paper towel, gold wedding band, fever thermometer: Hi Cynthia, Theres not much I can add. Depending on the type of ring will depend on how well it cleans up. I wish you good luck with this. If you have any specific questions on this subject I will try and answer them for you. Thanks Again, Arthur...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: metal quality, household bleach, call jewelers
household bleach, call jewelers, brittle metal: Follow-up to Jenny--------------------------------- Jenny, thanks so much for getting back. You mention of prices and diamonds overall has left me wondering about what really is going on. Now you have me wondering. : ) You paid a jeweler $1399 and that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: metals/stones for pool swimmers, dramatic color change, rare gemstone
dramatic color change, rare gemstone, natural alexandrite: Hi, Joan. I will try to help you with this one. While I generally recommend against wearing jewelry in pools due to chemical damage to the metals, you situation is different and you certainly do not want to discourage a determined young lady swimmer....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ostbye & Anderson Jeweler's Mark, demello, ebay
demello, ebay, diamond and sapphire ring: I m sorry I am not fammiliar with the mark. You may be able to contact the manufacture by email. They may be able to email you an attachment of the graphic. Here is their web site: http://www.ostbye.com/ Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my opal pendant, rough piece, sea shell
rough piece, sea shell, cabachon: Its probably this shape because it was formerly a sea shell that was replaced by opal and the rough piece was not deep enough to cut a cabachon. It could have been made at a time when flowers were popular with opal design ..if you email me I will email...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my opal pendant, idar oberstein, keady
idar oberstein, keady, good art: Hi Brenda , its nicely made, the back is also nice design . But to say where it came from is very difficult .The carving could be made in Hong Kong who were very skilled at opal carving .SUP is a mystery sorry I cant be more helpful with this . best...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Photo of star sapphire already queried, absorption spectrum, star sapphire
absorption spectrum, star sapphire, demello: I would need to exmine the stone under a microscope to test it for characteristic inclusions of both the natural and the synthetic. Then I would do a spot RI Test and a spectroscope test for absorption spectrum. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pawn shops, estate jewelry, pawn shops, professional jeweler
pawn shops, professional jeweler, pawn shop: Hello Tina and thank you for your inquiry. Usually items at pawn shops have already been tested for gold value, etc. and are sold as is with what information is given at the time of purchase. To have a vintage item appraised you should have an estate jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pearls, mild dish detergent, imitation pearls
mild dish detergent, imitation pearls, glass gems: Kyle, thanks for the photo. When discussing jewelry, images are very helpful and some questions cannot be answered with any certainty with out seeing the item. Still, there is nothing like having the item in hand. If holding these pearl beads, I could likely...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: price range, karat gold ring, notch quality
karat gold ring, notch quality, wholesale buyer: Josh, I would need to know how good the amethyst is, color and weight. Also how much the ring weighs to calculate the gold content. There are two ways to look at it. One is selling as is to a retail buyer. Or selling it to a wholesale buyer how would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: procedure for melting gold., propane gases, charcoal block
propane gases, charcoal block, gold nugget: Sherri, melting gold is not easy without correct tools to do the job. With those tools, the melting goes quickly and with control. The temperature for melting pure gold is fairly high at 1064.18 °C or 1947.52 °F. This will require a fuel gas/oxygen...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repairing Broken Puzzle Ring, puzzle ring, puzzle rings
puzzle ring, puzzle rings, puzzlering: Linda, I am back. First tell yourself, before the ring was broken were you able to open and reassemble the ring? That will be necessary to do the repair properly. Some jewelers will know how and some (like me) get confused and have to be lucky to get the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: raw precious and fire opels from ethiopia, lapidary rock, quality opal
lapidary rock, quality opal, gem opal: Dear Gayia, You question is asking me where you will find buyers ? Thats tough ..I dont know where you are . and what you are selling . Its very tough my friend to ask a question like that . Opal from ethiopia is not recognised as gem opal, these days...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing platinum plated ring, diamond simulant, sterling silver
diamond simulant, sterling silver, size 6: HI GAYLE, IT IS POSSIBLE TO SIZE THIS RING BUT IT MAY COST MORE TO SIZE THAN THE RING ITSELF. IT MAY BE JUST AS CHEAP TO RE-CAST THE RING AS A NEW RING AND GO FROM THERE. A GOOD JEWELER CAN DO THIS BUT IT WILL COST. YOU MIGHT TRY TO FIND THE MANUFACTURER...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, 10k gold, costume jewelry
10k gold, costume jewelry, gemologist: Hello Gail and thank you for your inquiry. In order to give you information on the mark, I would have to have a visual and more information. The 10K means that the ring is 10K gold. In order to test the stone you would need to take the ring to a gemologist...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, active file, silver ring
active file, silver ring, white gold: Hello Karen and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to locate any manufacturer with the name Venue or the mark you describe. Usually if jewelry is precious metal, it is marked with the karat or sterling 925. However, if you belive it is sterling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, jewelry business, ring sizing
jewelry business, ring sizing, reputations: Hi, Jackie. Thanks for the question. I am sorry someone has planted a basic distrust and concern in your thoughts about having the ring sized. Sure, there are some shady and unscrupulous jewelers who will switch stones but all the jewelers I know are in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Filigree?, empty expanse, jewelry work
empty expanse, jewelry work, downward flow: Hi, Sarah. Thanks for this fine question and best wishes to you on the filigree necklace. Filigree wire forms, solid silver forms, heat and solder…where does the solder go? Of course, it runs to the fine wire exactly as it is not supposed to do! You...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: scratches on quartz and other stones, rock tumbler, polishing wheel
rock tumbler, polishing wheel, clear quartz: Hi Jeanne, If these are beads, the best thing would be to buy a rock tumbler and some polishing media. Follow the directions that come with the unit. The other way which is more labor intensive would be to dop the bead onto a stick with wax then carefully...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting non-calibrated cabs, bench jeweler, sterling jewelry
bench jeweler, sterling jewelry, jewelry work: Shawn, I have two recommendations as to where to have the ring work done. How reasonable the cost might be I cannot say, not being there. : ) The stone in the attached image is very pretty. The body appears just translucent enough to show the red with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver necklace, polishing wheel, silver necklace
polishing wheel, silver necklace, soft cloth: Hello Cheryl, get a good silver polish paste...and pull the chain through a soft cloth with the paste...over and over....you will see the black tarnish coming off each time.. do not let anyone try polishing it on a electric polishing wheel... regards...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamping inside a 14k ring, jewelry company, contemporary jewelry
jewelry company, contemporary jewelry, jewelry manufacturer: Thank you for your inquiry. The only STS I have located is a contemporary jewelry manufacturer - listed below is their website. Just copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.stsjewels.com/ This may be the mfg....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Testing Gold Content, gold content, gold information
gold content, gold information, precious metals: Hello Michele and thank you for your inquiry. Most items have the karat gold or gold information on the back or inside of the item i.e. 14K or GF for gold filled HGE - hard gold electroplate, etc. If an item is not marked or you feel the mark is not accurate,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trademarks on Vintage rings, vintage rings, star logo
vintage rings, star logo, engagement ring: Hello Angela and thank you for your inquiry. The star inside your ring is probably the manufacturer and the 2 may be a design number. There are quite a few manufacturers that used the star logo and unless there is more information, it would be difficult to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you tell me several jewelry associations or orgizations?, jewelry fair, precious experience
jewelry fair, precious experience, agta: Hi Silina , try www.gemstone.org/ or www.agta.org/ you can visit websites for gemstone and jewellery shows www.ijt.jp/english/ www.thaitradefair.com/ - hkjewellery.hktdc.com/ www.baselworld.com/ www.nationaljewelernetwork.com/njn/guides/show_coverage.jsp...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turquoise sterling repair, lapidary journal, purchase gemstones
lapidary journal, purchase gemstones, jewelry artist: Hi, Jane. This is a good question but first here is some very basic info on books to help you identify and become more familiar with gemstones. The two books in links below have what appear to be adequate pictures. I agree that pictures are the first...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turtle jade neclace, jade necklace, oriental jewelry
jade necklace, oriental jewelry, chinese jewelry: Hello Mark and thank you for your inquiry. The necklace is lovely. Oriental jewelry is very difficult to date and would need to be done by an expert in orientalia or estate jewelry. Of great importance in valuing would be whether the chain is gold and what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Using heirloom platinum, platinum
platinum: 1. Yes a jeweler can make custom settings from platinum if it is good enough quality to work with. 2. There are some limitations in the sense that you typically lose up to 20% of the material working with platinum. If the earrings aren t huge, you may not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unusual ring, flower cluster, jewelry appraiser
flower cluster, jewelry appraiser, gold band: Hello Michele and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds very pretty. I have not been able to locate any information on the TCJ1, but it is most likely the manufacturer and design #. There is nothing else I can tell you without a good visual or hands...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White gold allergy, copper content, jewellery designer
copper content, jewellery designer, silver jewellery: Dear Rickson, this is not your answer. Are you in the UK by any chance? Your use of k instead of ct makes me wonder, however. The 9k is the reason I asked. I will answer your question tomorrow. Tonight we are resting for our Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold, wx band, pawn shop
wx band, pawn shop, jewelry cases: Paula, generally white gold with a yellowish tint will regain much of the whiter color when buffed and polished to remove any tarnish from the surface. If the color at that point is too yellowish for you, that is in fact the color of the white gold mix and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: yellow gold plating onto white gold, gemstone ring, yellow rings
gemstone ring, yellow rings, gold plating: Hi, Gail. You present a very, very interesting scenario with your question. With so many ladies going the white direction in rings many have yellow rings rhodium plated for a temporary trend fix, it would appear. Now, I meet a lady wanting yellow gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K "BONDED?", star sapphire ring, ebay
star sapphire ring, ebay, hallmark: not sure the :bonded has me stumped I have never heard of it are you sure you have the spelling correct? usually something other than the Karat stamp is the manufacturers hallmark.....send me a pic with a macro picture and I will comment further. le...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18KT ring resized, diamond man, gold pieces
diamond man, gold pieces, sentimental reasons: the ring size from 9 to 6 is not that much gold and its not unlikely that the shop who did the sizing keeps the small amounts of gold as a part of the process, most jewelers do not get the sizing piece back unless you ask for it and even then its so small...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: AMETHYST, change colors, light bulbs
change colors, light bulbs, index test: HI Cindy, When stones change colors it is due to the type of light. Sun light and light bulbs would create the different colors. Amethyst is not known to be a stone to change colors that way, but I bought one myself that changed colors but not like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Bracelet, jewelry appraiser, best bet
jewelry appraiser, best bet, wew: Hi Cealy and thank you for the picture, however, it is still difficult to tell much about the bracelet. I cannot get a good enough look at the clasp and the stones would have to be tested. I did check my resources for WEW & Co and came up with nothing. There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique ring, visible markings, antique ring
visible markings, antique ring, local museum: Hello Libby and thank you for your inquiry. You have a very pretty ring. It would be impossible for me to give you much information without a hands-on examination of the ring. You don t say if it is marked inside in any way i.e. karat gold, manufacture logo...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique ring?, yellow sapphire, jewelry appraiser
yellow sapphire, jewelry appraiser, leiutenant: Hello Tania and thank you for your inquiry. The picture doesn t tell me a lot, but since it is a family heirloom, you might want to have it tested and appraised by an estate jewelry appraiser or jeweler. From what I can tell, it doesn t resemble any military...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Australian Crystals, david fortier, gem identification
david fortier, gem identification, gemologist: Hi Jamie! Thanks for the question. That is an interesting answer. I ve never heard of Australian crystal . It could be a trade term for a synthetic or simulant. You might try a jeweler who is also a gemologist, or you could get an independent appraisal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ammolite, silicon carbide, rotary brush
silicon carbide, rotary brush, polishing compound: Laurel, you have two different questions here but I will answer both and take the last one first. Rhodium will wear off in time, depending on the thickness of the plate layer and the daily exposure the ring receives. Yes, the rhodium may be buffed off...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique military bracelet, gold charm bracelet, estate jeweler
gold charm bracelet, estate jeweler, eagle icon: Hello Thelma and thank you for your inquiry. It would be difficult to offer any identification without seeing the item or a picture. Charm bracelets are always popular and much so with the military personnel. The eagle and flag design sound like US Military...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Black Rhodium, rhodium plating solution, black rhodium
rhodium plating solution, black rhodium, black diamonds: Mike, yours is the first question since I got back from a much needed holiday from the web. Unfortunately for some other folks, I will have to be gone next week also since that is the busiest week of the year in the jewelry business and I am a working jeweler....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bonding Pearls to metal, nosed pliers, bottom hole
nosed pliers, bottom hole, plastic surface: Rhonda, I first wish you a wonderful new year and 2009. As for the pearl, here is what I suggest: Try if possible to make the peg (stem) for the pearl a tighter fit, even if perhaps too short. This may be done by squeezing the end of the peg in the jaws...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond ring from 1940s, diamond engagement ring, diamond tester
diamond engagement ring, diamond tester, gemological laboratory: Hi Stephen, There are many imitation diamonds from the 1940 s. The stone could be of many possibilities. It could be glass because some types of glass can scratch other types of glass. If your still unsure have your jeweler send the stone out to a Gemological...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: dipping, gold link, yellow gold
gold link, yellow gold, anode: Denise the dipping process is called Rhodium Finish or Rhodium Plating which uses a platinum or steel anode and special solution with a percentage of rhodium to adhere to the metal you are dipping . It does wear off over time depending on use and you will...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: European Cut Diamond Setting, brilliant cut diamonds, litterally thousands
brilliant cut diamonds, litterally thousands, small diamonds: HI KIM, MOST FOLKS RECUT OLD EUROPEAN CUT DIAMONDS TO MODERN BRILLIANT SPECS BECAUSE THEY ARE WORTH MORE RECUT. YOU HAVE LITTERALLY THOUSANDS OF OPTIONS FOR A NEW RING. ONE GENERAL RULE IS NOT TO MIX THE CUTS IN ONE RING. I THINK THE OLD EUROPEAN CUT IS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: european mine cut, diamond crystals, precise angles
diamond crystals, precise angles, brilliant diamond: HI CHARLES, YOUR ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT TWO STYLES OF CUTTING. THE OLD EUROPEAN CUT AND THE OLD MINE CUT . THE OLD EUROPEAN CUT IS THE LAST REFINEMENT OF DIAMOND CUTTING BEFORE THE INVENTION OF THE DIAMOND SAW THAT ALLOWED THE MODERN STANDARD ROUND BRILLIANT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Australian Crystals, antique jewelry, austrian crystal
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Australian Crystals, antique jewelry, austrian crystal, lead crystal

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: MAGIC GLO, kay jewelers, plat
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: MAGIC GLO, kay jewelers, plat, diamonds

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My New Braclet, jewelry companies, gold jewelry
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My New Braclet, jewelry companies, gold jewelry, 24k gold

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring given from grandparent
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring given from grandparent

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver cuff bracelet mark ??PERUVIAN, sexy game, game check
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver cuff bracelet mark ??PERUVIAN, sexy game, game check, tapada

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany belt buckle, belt buckle, lacing
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany belt buckle, belt buckle, lacing, foundry

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Lustrium, jewerly store, jeweler
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Lustrium, jewerly store, jeweler

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: fine scratches on faceted garnet beads, rough cut, covey
rough cut, covey, garnet: Hello, I do not think any treatment will make them look better. Only diamond polishing will do the trick, which would be too expensive unless you did it yourself which would also be expensive to buy all the gear needed to do the job. The cheapest way...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Melting, gold
gold: Gold purity is pretty easy to figure out... pure gold is 24kt and lesser karat ratings are a percentage of that...so 18kt is 18/24=75%. 14 kt gold is therefore 14/24 which is 58.3%. Of course melting gold can end up burning off other impurities and the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Stamp, italian horn, gold stamp
italian horn, gold stamp, metal quality: Shelly, the OZ is not a metal quality mark of any sort I recognize from the approved marks in the USA. I suspect this is simply the makers mark, a mark required when the item has a karat stamp. If it were 14k over something it would be marked with a gf...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold acid testing, aqua regia, rubin and son
aqua regia, rubin and son, electronic tester: IM assuming your using a stone and youre rubbing your control from either a key set or some other reliable source. The acid rub on stone should use the same control as you are testing, you should also use a file and file deep into the item and use aqua regia...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold band markings, jewelry hallmarks, demello
jewelry hallmarks, demello, gold band: Hi Debbie, This is the manufactures hall mark. This hallmark may be traceable through an online or trade publication of jewelry hallmarks. I m sorry but I am not fammiliar with this hallmark. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold earrings, gold earrings, jewelry manufacturers
gold earrings, jewelry manufacturers, national gold: With the revised National Gold and Silver Marking Act which went into effect in 1981, much tighter standards for marking gold items were applied to jewelry manufacturers. Makers decided that new jewelry should be marked to show it met the new standards while...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold jewelry, gold jewelry, alloys
gold jewelry, alloys, yellow gold: Carla Over time we have answered these questions several times and do appreciate your question. 10kt is 10 parts of 24KT meaning it is 41.7% Pure gold (24KT) and the balance alloys. 14kt is 14 parts of 24KT and is 58.5 % pure gold with the balance alloys...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark inquiry, gold stamp, usa thanks
gold stamp, usa thanks, karat gold: HI IAN, WHAT IS THE GIFT YOU BOUGHT FOR YOUR WIFE? I NEED A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION TO INTERPRET 360 ar I NEED A FULL DESCRIPTION IF POSSIBLE. THE 3K IS POSSIBLY A THREE KARAT GOLD STAMP. THIS IS ONLY DONE OVERSEAS SINCE ANYTHING LESS THAN 10K IS NOT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmarks, best bet, gold plate
best bet, gold plate, white stones: Hello Richard - the 925 tells us that the ring is sterling silver and the g2 is probably a design number. Your best bet would be to have it tested and appraised for the stones - they could be precious and/or diamonds. Your local museum or library should be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you help with a mark?, gold mark, browser address
gold mark, browser address, address field: Hello Margaret and thank you for your inquiry. It does look like a 10K mark, but you might have luck finding it in the hallmark listing of the below site. Just copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter; http://www.925-1000.com/americansilver_A.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry Valuation, blue topaz, perfect shape
blue topaz, perfect shape, independent appraiser: Jewelry does not loose it s value in that way. You should sell the ring for 800 or 900.00 if that is what it s worth. If it is worth 125 - 200 then that would be the value. You need to have a proper value figured on the ring to get a fair price established...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: k14 is it a solid gold?, mark laura, ebay
mark laura, ebay, solid gold: Laura, you caught me just as I got back from a short allexperts vacation during the holidays. I have seen the quality mark done as both 14k and k14. The general mark in English speaking countries would put the k or the kt behind the 14, as 14k. The rings...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Large Ruby, dark crystals, natural ruby
dark crystals, natural ruby, crystal lattice: Hi, Yes it could be. If it is natural it should have natural flaws. You need to get a 10X powered loupe or a microscope. You will need to look at it carefully under good light and 10X to 20X magnification. If you find flaws that look natural meaning...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: MAGIC GLO, cubic zirconium, glo
cubic zirconium, glo, holes: Lakisha Sounds like the name of the manufacturer who made the ring.... breathing Im assuming you mean the back of the ring has holes in it for clean outs. The holes on the back dont necessarily mean the ring is real as there are a lot of rings made with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings in ring, point diamond, material stone
point diamond, material stone, diamond jewelry: Usualy D:0.26 means a 26 point diamond and 750 means 18K Gold. Get the ring checked!! Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) USPAP Independent Diamond & Jewelry Appraisal Boston - New York City, Connecticut & New Jersey http://www,nationalgemologicallaboratory.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: man's gold bracelet, gold business, pennyweights
gold business, pennyweights, gold bracelet: Yes. Gold is weighed in Troy Ounces as well as Pennyweights and Grams. 1 Troy OZ = 20 dwt - (Penney weight) = 30 gr. - ( Grams) Shop around. a jeweler may offer what ever he wishes. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA), J-Bar,(JVC) USPAP Independent...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My New Braclet, quality designation, quality stamp
quality designation, quality stamp, braclet: HI JOE, ALL GOLD SOLD IN THE USA MUST BEAR A QUALITY STAMP WITH IT S KARAT WEIGHT AND QUALITY. FOR EXAMPLE 24K IS PURE GOLD 18K IS 75% PURE GOLD DOWN TO 10K WHICH IS 37%GOLD. BELOW THAT IT CANNOT BE LABELED GOLD . 777 IS NOT A QUALITY DESIGNATION FOR...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: nail glue on ring, diamond wedding ring, nail glue
diamond wedding ring, nail glue, david fortier: Thank you for the question Rachelle. First, soak it overnight in Goo-gone. If that doesn t work, soak it overnight with Goof-off. Both of these products are not particularly healthy if the precautions on the label are not followed precisely. Goof-off is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Park Lane ring "vivid", bezel set, replacement stones
bezel set, replacement stones, purple stone: HI LEE, IT SOUNDS LIKE A PURPLE STONE THAT LOOKS LIKE AMETHYST HAS FALLEN OUT. BETTER CHECK TO MAKE SURE IT WASN T BEZEL SET AND NOT GLUED. IF IT WAS BEZEL SET THEN YOU REALLY CAN T TAKE A CHANCE ON GLUE. CHECK WITH J.FRANK GOLDEN OR RIO GRAND IN THEIR...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Polishing Methods & Equipment, hobby maker, chemicals in the environment
hobby maker, chemicals in the environment, buffing wheels: Mary, I like the work you do. I agree that tarnish of silver items can be a major problem. I suggest getting some jewelers tissue from one of the suppliers and a good supply of ziploc bags. Wrap in the tissue and put into the bag and close it. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: REPAIR EARRINGS, screw back, earring
screw back, earring, earrings: yes keith you can,and that all depends if the earrings are gold if they have any stones set in them other than diamonds, you asked me a question which requires more detail to answer you correctly, send me a pci and I can comment further all the best Le...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing powder coating on silver, mild dish detergent, baking soda
mild dish detergent, baking soda, nacklace: Lloyd, whether soaking the silver in the Citri Strip will damage the silver or even do any good depends on just what this powder coating might be. Citri Strip is a solvent material designed to strip varnish and similar substances from wood, etc. The link...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resetting Ring Stones, carat diamond, replacement stones
carat diamond, replacement stones, comparative shopping: Hello Katherine.. I use speech recognition if you see any errors I apologize... first replacement stones you have to do comparative shopping and when you do comparative shopping for stones you must be sure you are comparing the same qualities for all the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring sizing, 14k white gold, jewelery store
14k white gold, jewelery store, anniversary ring: Sylvia, Take it to another jeweler who has a shop on premise, most jewelry stores do not have a shop on premise and send their items out, the jewelery store you asked to size the ring did not want to do it since you didnt buy the ring from them and they do...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby ring, gemstone cutter, ruby ring
gemstone cutter, ruby ring, msn: Hi Krisann, Your Ruby can be re-polished but not by a jeweler. It need to be taken out of the mounting by a jeweler, then polished by a qualified gemstone cutter like myself who has experience in repolishing stones. I can help you if you want, otherwise...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repair cracked jade bangle, jewelry work, gem materials
jewelry work, gem materials, vacuum machine: Elizabeth, as long as no pieces of the jade are lost, a stronger repair may be made once it does break in two. That sounds strange but is based on the thought that cement should join the total fractured faces together. It is quite difficult to get a strong...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, point diamonds, 10k gold
point diamonds, 10k gold, retail pricing: HI DENNIS, THE PRICE RANGE FOR SUCH A PIECE WOULD RUN BETWEEN $135 ON THE LOW END TO AS HIGH AS $990.00 ON THE HIGH END FOR RETAIL PRICING. THERE ARE SO MANY VARIABLES LEFT OUT THAT THE PRICING HAS TO BE SO WIDE A RANGE. DIAMONDS CAN BE FULL CUT OR SINGLE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring given from grandparent, master valuer, trilogy ring
master valuer, trilogy ring, henry griffiths: The 84 may be a style or refference number the store may have used for Identification. For the best appraisal in England see a Master Valuer FGA. There is one in Bristol who is very good whom Ive spoken to over the phone. I m sorry I cannot remember his name....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, diamond cluster ring, gold 14k
diamond cluster ring, gold 14k, carrots: charles 3.50cts depending on the color and clarity of the diamonds could range RETAIL from 3500.00 to 7000.00 cost would be 1/3 this price and again it really depends on the quality of the diamonds. UP would most likely be manufacturers hallmark send me a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby and diamond ring, ruby and diamond ring, plumb gold
ruby and diamond ring, plumb gold, center diamond: Great Picture. The center diamond based on your description is approx. 4.0mm which is close to a .25cts diamond although I think the center stone is closer to a .20cts diamond with 2 .15cts each on each side and 2 .10cts each on the ends for a total diamond...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamp on ring, jewelry appraiser, gold content
jewelry appraiser, gold content, manufacturer name: Hello George and thank you for your inquiry. The 22G does not represent any gold i.e. karat or gold-filled mark that I am familiar with. The PVZ could be the manufacturer name or design code. If there is no other information on the ring, you should take it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver, tarnex, sterling bracelet
tarnex, sterling bracelet, crafts stores: Hi, Nicole. I do have suggestions for you. What is funny is that I answered a similar question last year (2007)just prior to Christmas. When I searched for the ingredients in Tarnex I came across my old question and answer. Here is your answer: You...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver cuff bracelet mark ??PERUVIAN, sterling silver jewelry, sterling silver 925
sterling silver jewelry, sterling silver 925, silver cuff bracelet: Hello Marilyn and thank you for your inquiry. Peru is famous for it s striking sterling silver jewelry. They were usually decorated with figural and scenic designs. The 925 indicates that the bracelet is sterling. If you use your browser search for Peruvian...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sizing with rubies, yehuda diamonds, colored gemstone
yehuda diamonds, colored gemstone, joyous holidays: Gary, it is not a large problem for us. We really don t see that many glass filled stones or perhaps our cautions keep us from seeing the events of heating one too much. YEHUDA diamonds are a filled diamond and will be damaged by heat. The YEHUDA company...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: a slightly damaged natural tanzanite, vvs clarity, tiny chips
vvs clarity, tiny chips, carats: HI SHARON, IN THE TRADE IF IT IS ADVERTIZED AS UNDAMAGED IT IS ASSUMED UNDER 10X MAGNIFICATION. THE ONLY WAY I WOULD CERTIFY UNHEATED FOR A TANZANITE WOULD BE IF I BOUGHT THE ROUGH AND HAD IT CUT MYSELF. 99.9% OF ALL TANZANITE IS HEAT TREATED. YOU WOULD...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany belt buckle, coca cola collectibles, atlanta ga usa
coca cola collectibles, atlanta ga usa, tiffany studio: Hello Deborah and thank you for your inquiry. Below are a couple of sites that might help you. One is on these buckles and the other is an ebay item that sounds like the one you might have. These are fairly common and are fantasy items. Check your local...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Valadium ring, valadium, noble metals
valadium, noble metals, marsha: Marsha Never heard of a Valadium ring however, I have heard of Palladium which is one of the NOBLE metals such as Platinum and can be sized if one knows what to do. Palladium melts at a different temperature than gold or Platinum and needs special care. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: vintage costume or genuine jewerly, vintage brooch, professional jeweler
vintage brooch, professional jeweler, metal content: Hello Lynda and thank you for your inquiry. The best and easiest way to get information about a piece of jewelry is if there is information on the back or inside of the item such as karat, manufacturer hallmark or name, etc. If there is no information available...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Lustrium, david fortier, sterling silver
david fortier, sterling silver, good question: Thank you Lindsey, that is a good question! As much of a fan as I am of lustrium, I have to say that to the best of my knowledge it can not be sized. I have a class ring made of it and it has endured the test of time. Of course, I have gotten fatter....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is this?, garnet ring, small diamonds
garnet ring, small diamonds, ebay: Hi, Well if it is purple there are purplish garnets and could still be garnet. Amethyst is purple and there are others. But garnet is what my intinct s tell me based on the picture. A refractive index test could be done to determine for sure. Regards...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Yellow gold bracelet with stamp 7.50MT, electronic tester, sales ticket
electronic tester, sales ticket, gold content: are you sure there is a dot between the 7 and 5??? are you sure the M is not a worn out K ?? it may be the item is stamped 750 which is the % of gold in this case 18KT or it could me some kind of manufacturers hallmark or the width of the ring 7.5mm I dont...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10 kt white gold ring, commercial quality, satisfactions
commercial quality, satisfactions, diamond ring: Mandy You have not given me enough information on this ring, most likely a 10kt 3 stone ring is a commercial quality item and may or may not have real diamonds in them, however, its the thought that counts and he did give it to you around Valentines day...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k ZEI ring, solid gold, strange combination
solid gold, strange combination, skin reaction: Brandi, thanks for this question. Honestly, without having the ring in my hand there is no way for me to tell for certain if it is solid gold or gold filled or plated. The best thing for you to do is contact the seller and ask what is happening with the green...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 15ct ring, carat gold, gold content
carat gold, gold content, gold field: Hi Ron, All I can add to your search for information is: The next mark we see is a Crown or Gold Standard Mark. This was first introduced in 1798 and can now been seen on all UK hallmarked gold that’s 9, 14 18 and 22ct. The crown also appears on old...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 585/PEARLS, mabe pearl earrings, jack pearls
mabe pearl earrings, jack pearls, diamond shape: Hi Jack Pearls which are cut in half are called Mabe pearls. They could be from Europe but possibly not. 585 means 14K or 58.5% fine gold and the little c with the diamond shape is called the makers mark. Thanks for writing!! Arthur DeMello GG...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Acid testing gold, shor international, test acids
shor international, test acids, ebay: Jeff, thank for the question on using testing acids. First, I will simply run through the way my coworker and I use the acid test kit. Below this is a link with instructions from Shor International, a company selling all sorts of jewelry related items...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Amber Stone Ring, amber stone, amber rings
amber stone, amber rings, ebay: Hello Liz and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring is probably Russian in origin. The 583 is the Russian mark for 14K gold. Below is a site that can give you more information. Scroll down the site page to the Russian category. http://www.modernsilver.com/basichallmarks.htm...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Jewelry, cork screw, moss agate
cork screw, moss agate, screw base: Hello John and thank you for your inquiry. These items appear to be collar buttons and there would probably have been a matching set. Some of them were made of gold and would have probably been marked 10 or 14K. They often contained precious and semi-precious...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique ring, dayton hudson corporation, pawn shop
dayton hudson corporation, pawn shop, antique ring: Thank you for your inquiry. One possibility for the manufacturer is C.D. Peacock in Chicago Illinois. They were established in 1837 and were a family-run business until 1970 when they were sold to the Dayton-Hudson Corporation in Minneapolis. During their...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique or not?, flower petals, pawn shop
flower petals, pawn shop, cut diamonds: Hi Rosa, The only information I could find on a makers mark of AK, was a Russian company. As you have the ring there and can see the makers mark, have a look at these sites that list marks and see if you can make a match. http://www.silvercollection.it/bisrussiansilverhallmarks.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique ring, yankton sd, great grandmother
yankton sd, great grandmother, moonstones: Hi Kathy, The way you are describing the mark, it really seems to me like the circles should have had letters or numbers inside them. Your best bet at this point is to see if the jeweler that looked at it before can get a better idea as to the marks....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique or vintage aquamarines, aquamarine earrings, time alice
aquamarine earrings, time alice, color clarity: Hi Alice, I am afraid I can t possibly give you a good answer to your question; without seeing and testing the stones, I am walking blind. What I can tell you is that Russia is not a likely source for the stones as I don t believe Aqua is found in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bent prong, dear diana, valentines day
dear diana, valentines day, quality stone: Dear Diana, thanks for this question and for telling me of your concerns. First of all, there may be several reasons the jeweler did not want to straighten the prong while you waited. In the USA, Valentines Day is close to the second busiest holiday of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bracelet Identification, gold wash, gold bracelet
gold wash, gold bracelet, jeweler: There is a chance that an 825 gold is coming from China and that would be something like 20k. More likely, this is actually marked 925, something only you can tell from a very close look. If 925, then the item is Vermeil, a legal mark for silver given a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch, eisenberg jewelry, rhinestone brooch
eisenberg jewelry, rhinestone brooch, pam: Hello Pam and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to find anything in my resources for a logo IE . Are there any other markings that might be a part of the logo, perhaps worn ? The capital E is associated with Eisenberg jewelry but I have not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black onyx and white topaz, black onyx beads, laura black
black onyx beads, laura black, ebay: Hi Laura, Black Onyx is abundant. Most of it is dyed agate, some is natural. The natural will have discoloration sometimes not perfectly black. It is not hard to believe it could be inexpensive. White topaz is also quite common and not very expensive...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black rhodium, black rhodium, 18k white gold
black rhodium, 18k white gold, acid dip: Jan Yes, it is possible, whomever does the process make sure they clean the ring, polish the ring properly, and then use an ACID Dip Cleanser then a Electro Cleaner ( Sodium Hydroxide) this will insure the ring is clean and does leave any caustic material...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chipped diamond - can it be re-set?, diamond setter, tiffany etoile
diamond setter, tiffany etoile, bezel settings: Kate- The diamond you have is a Old Mine cut diamond which has different proportions and table percentages than the diamonds which are cut today. The reason for the sparkle of the old mine cut is because it more resembles the cut of an American Ideal Cut...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Conflict gems, burma rubies, diamond gems
burma rubies, diamond gems, gemstone world: Hi James, Unfortunately even the Kimberly Process doesn t prevent all conflict diamonds from entering and being sold in the USA or other parts of the world. Your best bet for a conflict free diamond is to buy a guaranteed Canadian mined stone. As...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Coral mishap, coral and pearls, vibratory tumbler
coral and pearls, vibratory tumbler, dish detergent: Shelley, I am sorry for the mishap. Folks write me fairly often with tales of bad of experience with some jewelry cleaners. As a side note, keep in mind you can use a gentle dish detergent and water to clean jewelry of all sorts, including coral and pearls....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: putting a CZ in my gold engagement ring, bench jeweler, gold engagement ring
bench jeweler, gold engagement ring, stone god: Derri, thanks for the question. The only way to know what size and what labor is needed to put the new stone in you ring is to take it to a jeweler. Check around for a reputable business and be sure there is a bench jeweler in-house. The bench jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: chipped sapphire, internal flaws, chip area
internal flaws, chip area, prongs: Kristina, I am sorry your lovely stone has a chip. One solution is to have a jeweler loosen the stone in the setting and turn it to attempt using a prong to hide the chip. Of course, this will not work with a stone which is a shape other than round or set...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cobra ring, silver markings, manufacturer logo
silver markings, manufacturer logo, nice ring: Hello Anthony and thank you for your inquiry. You have a very nice ring. I have not been able to find a manufacturer with this logo in my resources. I also checked sterling and/or silver markings with no luck. I did find some rings similar to yours and they...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cracked ring mount/suspicious stones, jewelers loupe, natural diamonds
jewelers loupe, natural diamonds, anniversary band: Lynn, Many people spend all the research time in the world to find out the answers to avoid using a professional when they need one. After I give them the best advise I can, they think I m ducking there questions or that I m trying to avoid giving them...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cracked shank, yellowish tinge, silver nickel
yellowish tinge, silver nickel, gold color: Elena- You are a smart cookie , Yes you are right, it is a joint , this is what we call the sizing line and of course this is where the ring was sawed in half a small piece was taken out and then soldered back together. The reason the ring has a yellowish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cufflinks, cufflinks, amazon
cufflinks, amazon, public library: Hello Catherine and thank you for your inquiry. The only company I have with an S logo was Swank and they used their entire name most of the time. I have not been able to find any other possibility yet. There is a cufflink collector book that you might want...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Darkening white gold to a black color., white gold jewelry, tory tory
white gold jewelry, tory tory, black rhodium: Tory, thanks for this question. Converting a gold ring to a black color is not as easy as one might think. One of the problems is durability of the color. The black color will of course be a surface plate or coating since actually changing the color of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond caret, ounce gram, carats
ounce gram, carats, carat: HI SMEHT, THE BEST WAY TO EVALUATE A DIAMOND IS TO HAVE A GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST APPRAISE IT. HE WILL CERTIFY THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE STONE AND GIVE YOU A VALUE FOR INSURANCE PUPOSES, FAIRMARKET VALUE, LIQUIDATION OR ANY OTHER NEED FOR EVALUATION. CARAT IS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, melting pot, diamond ring
melting pot, diamond ring, fracture: Hi Glenn, I don t think there is any amount of normal heat you can apply to a natural untreated diamond that could do any damage. It is possible to drop a diamond ring into a melting pot to melt down the gold and still pull the diamonds out of the melted...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Estate ring, princess cut diamonds, graduate gemologist
princess cut diamonds, graduate gemologist, natural ruby: I have an office location in Williamsville / Buffalo Area. I have no Appraiser I can reccommend in Syracuse, NY. Our Office affilitate is located at: 300 International Drive Suite 100 Williamsville Buffalo, New York 14221 Please call 1800 708 8006...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: earings, lisa brooks, google search
lisa brooks, google search, best bet: Hi Anita, I am afraid it is not me. With such a common name I didn t think I would have much luck finding out who it is, but I was wrong. A Google search brought up a Canadian designer by the name of Lisa Brooks who works with local materials. She is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10 kt white gold ring, white gold
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10 kt white gold ring, white gold

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k ZEI ring, gold rings, chemicals
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k ZEI ring, gold rings, chemicals, iron suppliment

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Conflict gems, ecological footprints, canadian diamonds
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Conflict gems, ecological footprints, canadian diamonds, regional economy

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cobra ring, independent designer, cursive
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cobra ring, independent designer, cursive, ege

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to Remove Epoxy Set Stones?
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to Remove Epoxy Set Stones?

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replating rings, charm bracelet, jewelry
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replating rings, charm bracelet, jewelry

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling silver, colonial williamsburg, sterling bracelet
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling silver, colonial williamsburg, sterling bracelet, granular chlorine

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vermont Peridot/Olivine, mindat org, antigorite
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vermont Peridot/Olivine, mindat org, antigorite, lightening strike

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold mark 14k PF, plumb gold, gold content
plumb gold, gold content, national gold: Teresa, thanks for this question. I understand why you might be curious about your find since I would be, too. The marks PF do not relate to the Federal markings legally accepted in the USA. Other countries will have similar but different marks. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: garnet, demantoid garnet, russian demantoid
demantoid garnet, russian demantoid, warm soapy water: Hi Joe, Congrats on a great purchase. I firmly believe you should take every precaution to protect your investment in any fine stone. As Demantoid is the softest of the garnets it requires a little more attention. If you are placing it in a ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gemstone test, 10x loupe, colored stones
10x loupe, colored stones, covey: Amir, What type of stone do you have? What is the history of how you got it? Is it cut or rough? Is it a faceted stone or a cab like turquoise or lapis? Does it have any flaws? If it was diamond for example they do not get wet. If you try to fog...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gemstones, surface reflection, reflection of light
surface reflection, reflection of light, gem material: HI SUSAN, THERE ARE A FEW TERMS USED TO DESCRIBE THE REFLECTION OF LIGHT ON A GEM FACET. IT IS REFERED TO AS BRILLIANCE, SCINTILATION, LUSTRE, REFRACTION AND OTHERS. IT IS BASED ON THE HARDNESS OF THE GEM MATERIAL AND THUS THE POLISH OF THE STONE. THE HARDER...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold, ebay sellers, 10kt gold
ebay sellers, 10kt gold, question god: April, I have found most eBay sellers to be honest in what they sell. Likely the ring is 10k and to make it look richer may be plated with a thin coat of 18k. This is not uncommon in lower priced items. The makers will give the item more rich color than...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold jewelry, italian factories, oxidation process
italian factories, oxidation process, gold content: is it white or yellow gold? there should not be anything on it unless it was gold plated, can you see the stamp is there a stamp which says ITALY next to the 14KT? the italian factories gold plate all their gold to give it an extra niche finish, domestic mfg...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring appraisal after resizing, gold per ounce, divet
gold per ounce, divet, gold weight: Hi Deborah, A goldsmith who was worth his weight in.. well - gold, would have done a better job. Additionally, and reputable jeweler will fix their mistakes at no charge. I wouldn t value down your appraisal for half a gram of gold. The truth is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: grandmother's ring, mother and grandmother, carets
mother and grandmother, carets, insurance replacement: Hi Lilly, Judging by the information you have given me, you have a very valuable piece of jewelry. This is something that I can t value sight unseen as there are more factors involved than just the diamonds. I am going to strongly advise, urge you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my grandmothers ring, gold tester, electronic gold
gold tester, electronic gold, 7 stones: Hi Abigail, Thanks for writing, Please bring the ring to a qualified gemologist for stone and metals testing. Unfortunatly, you cant do this yourself unless your a Gemologist and you have an electronic gold tester, Refractometer, Polariscope, Spectroscope,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: green gems, diamond accent, chrome diopside
diamond accent, chrome diopside, prasiolite: Green being my favorite color, I know plenty about green gems. My favorite green gem is called Chrome Diopside, it s a beautiful emerald green, and I personally wear one as a pendant daily. Chrome Diopside is not terribly expensive either. There are also green...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmark or Makers Mark, fish forks, forks and knives
fish forks, forks and knives, ithink: HI TIFFANY, WITHOUT HALLMARKS YOU CANNOT DATE IT. IT MEANS THEY ARE MODERN REMAKES AND NO COMPANY NAME IS STAMPED. GW&SS IS A QUALITY MARK, I DON T KNOW WHAT GW STANDS FOR BUT SS IS STERLING SILVER AND OF COURSE EP IS ELECTROPLATED. THIS IS A MASS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmark Removal, pink saphire, gold purity
pink saphire, gold purity, gemological laboratory: Hi Sylvia. Thanks for writing, It depends on the type of hallmark and the date. I may have lowered the value or not. You need to find an independent appraiser to examine the ring to determine this. The ring needs to be seen. As for getting your money back...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hematite, sterling silver ring, jewelry classes
sterling silver ring, jewelry classes, e bay: Hi Jennifer, You should not have any trouble. Most jewelers know about hematite. The cost would depend on where you get the ring. To set it should be around 25.00 I would think. I would set a budget you can live with then set out to find the right ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Inconsistent valaution fo diamond, diamond solitaire, small diamonds
diamond solitaire, small diamonds, brilliant cut: hello lyn.. I did answer this question before I m not sure if you received it..? my best advice is to get to the G.I.A. I know they have one location in Carlsbad California.. they will give you a very accurate appraisal and important they can put a serial...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: information on stone, mystic topaz, changing colors
mystic topaz, changing colors, andalusite: HI LISA, IT SOUNDS LIKE A MATERIAL CALLED ALEXANDRITE. IT IS A COLOR CHANGING GEM THAT CHANGES COLOR IN DIFFERENT LIGHT. FLOURESCENT LIGHT (GREEN)AND INCANDESCENT LIGHT (RED) SHOW DIFFERENT COLORS. THE DESCRIPTION YOU GIVE IS MORE LIKE THE SYNTHETIC VERSION...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry-necklace with fur, leopard fur, vintage necklace
leopard fur, vintage necklace, glass bead: Hello Maggie and thank you for your inquiry. I, too, have been unable to find any jewelry matching this piece. Valuing it would be difficult. Also would depend on the type of glass bead - art glass ?, blown, jade ?. What type of chain is at the back. Do you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: liver of sulfur patina, precious metal clay, few coins
precious metal clay, few coins, solution speeds: Hi, Jane. Thanks for this question. I have not used pmc but would like to try it someday. Work days for me don’t allow much experiment and I wish there was more time for stuff like pmc. Liver of Sulfur does a fine job of creating a patina on silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mark on Vintage Jewelry, vintage jewelry, gold metal
vintage jewelry, gold metal, cameo: Hello Kay - Thank you for your inquiry. The mark 218NA has no construction meaning that I know of and is probably the design number of the cameo and frame. The significance of the numbers would be known only to the manufacturer. It is possible that the NA...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mintabie opals, warm soapy water, opal bracelet
warm soapy water, opal bracelet, best guess: Hi Connie , thanks for your email . Ive had to consult my father on this one . The stones dont look typical of Mintabie, which produced a smokey darker coloured opal. Although this opal deposit it was discovered very early , the opal was considered better...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: marking on a ring, jewelry business, 10k gold
jewelry business, 10k gold, sterling silver: Brandon, when my mom passed away some years ago we had the same situation with some of her jewelry. Fortunately, I have the knowledge to separate the real from the fake and then assign the good to better and lesser categories. I am in the jewelry business...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: minerals, guinness book of world records, guinness book of world
guinness book of world records, guinness book of world, gemstone world: John, My field is more in the gemstone world. Here is something I found in the gemstone world. PAINITE has in years past been described by the Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest gem mineral. As of early 2005 there were eighteen known specimens,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal crack repairs, fire opal, local rock
fire opal, local rock, refractive index: Hi George , yes we have tried this , it joins things no problem but with opal its not used as it dries witha white mark. The windscreen repair has optical properties and is almost invisible . It has a refractive index that is comparable with glass and dries...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: opal filling, auto windshield repair, stop gap
auto windshield repair, stop gap, black opal: Hi Stan, I cant say for sure ,you would have to try , Its essentially a fracture sealer rather than a hole filler .It would present a problem polishing the piece. But Ide give it a try. Tho I would tend to try opticon product for this has better optical...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Palladium with 14K Gold attachment, jewelry industry, solders
jewelry industry, solders, fine jewelry: First, is the jeweler familiar with working palladium? This is an old metal which went away for a while and now has revived in the jewelry industry. Generally the local jeweler will not cast palladium but will have that work done by those with proper equipment...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pewter beads, pewter beads, grayish color
pewter beads, grayish color, skin sensitivity: Liat, thanks for this question. I do not have questions about pewter very often. Old pewter as from a century ago contained lead which is toxic when it get into the body. Modern pewter is the only type sold today and it contains no lead. Only with antique...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum ring, carat weight, platinum ring
carat weight, platinum ring, many thanks: Hi Philip, I would as that question directly to the IGI. They also have some information available online: http://www.igiworldwide.com/ If you can t find what you are looking for on their website, I would call them directly and ask them. Lis...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum trilogy 1 carat diamond engagement ring, diamond engagement ring, 1 carat diamond
diamond engagement ring, 1 carat diamond, chinese jewelry: Amanda- Congratulations on finding you soul mate, sorry about your experience with this ring, unfortunately Chinese jewelry, although very competitive, is mfg. for the PRICE conscience market. Simply, they cut corners when it comes to setting, weight of gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum wedding band, platinum wedding band, everlasting bond
platinum wedding band, everlasting bond, sorry to hear about your loss: Kristin I m sorry to hear about your loss, may his soul be bound among the righteous in the everlasting bond of love in heaven. Typically, platinum is a difficult metal to work with and reuse, however, there are platinum casters who do this type of work...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Possibly Indian Silver bracelet.., sterling prices, silver sterling
sterling prices, silver sterling, silver content: Hello Gina and thank you for your iquiry. Sounds like you have an interesting bracelet. I have not seen a bracelet like you describe. Is it marked ? silver ? sterling? 925 ? If not, you should have it tested for silver content. The weight is heavy and sterling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pocket watch question, e mail address, balance scale
e mail address, balance scale, watch co: Hi Ron, Those numbers you see will usually give you a manufacture date, serial and/or style number. The crown is typically a hallmark, and usually lets you know you have gold. Gold filled will say guaranteed 20 years , or another denomination depending...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: quality of custom made ring, poor craftsmanship, ring on your finger
poor craftsmanship, ring on your finger, prongs: Julie- Congratulations on your engagement! Well, it does happen in the business where someone SCREWS up!!! my hunch is that someone forgot to size the ring prior to the diamonds being set, and the ring from your description could not be sized from 6 1/2...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to Remove Epoxy Set Stones?, gas flame, metal face
gas flame, metal face, cooking stove: hello I ve never had to do this.. but here are a few thoughts.. you did not mention how long ago this was set ...the newer epoxies over the last few years are very strong. I do not think soaking in solvent will do anything..what will work his heat... I think...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing tarnish from under a CZ in Sterling silver ring, sterling silver ring, eternity bands
sterling silver ring, eternity bands, sterling rings: Dianna, thanks for this question about tarnish inside your sterling rings. There are products made to remove tarnish from silver by dipping or washing the item briefly in the solution. Although I am not a fan of these products, this is not a bad home...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resize bracelet, lobster claw clasp, silver link
lobster claw clasp, silver link, crystal stone: Cathryn, yes a link may be removed but the question is how it is done. The most simple method is to cut the double links to remove the engraved silver link next to the toggle bar then reattach the toggle bar with its jump rings (loops of metal) to the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring 18K HGE with symbol, vintage costume jewelry, symbal
vintage costume jewelry, symbal, vintage jewelry: Hi Hine, The 18kt H.G.E is an abbreviation for 18kt Heavy Gold Electroplate. The FTC found the use of the abbreviation improper without a tag stating the description in full in 1972. So, I can confidently tell you it is 18kt gold plate. I have no...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Resizing, ring resizing, side stones
ring resizing, side stones, diamond ring: Beth, the best thing is to get the guard as close to size as needed in the first place. However, whether you are talking about a wrap which has one band and fit the other ring or a guard with two sides and you ring fits inside that, yes, resizing can be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repair, jewellery repair, keady
jewellery repair, keady, sydney australia: Hi Loretta, It should not be too difficult to repair locally . I assume your in USA ? I am in Sydney Australia. If its 30 yrs + it should be handled by some reliable people. Im guessing its Turquoise. Right now the Tuscon the annual jewellry and rock show...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repair / solder stainless steel end cap, glass bead necklace, stainless steel wire
glass bead necklace, stainless steel wire, soft solders: Spike, glass work and lamp work has always fascinated me. There is real skill and artistry needed for the best work. I wish you well in this creative work. Stainless steel is perhaps one of the most difficult metals to cleanly solder with anything but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replating rings, jewelry stores, mils
jewelry stores, mils, ounce: HI BARBARA, IT IS VERY EASY TO REPLATE JEWELRY. MOST JEWELRY STORES CAN DO A REPLATE. THE RINGS MUST BE IN GOOD ENEOUGH CONDITION TO TAKE THE HEAT IN THE PLAIING SOLUTION. IT IS AN ELECTROLOSIS PROCESS AND THE PLATING IS THICKER THE LONGER IT STAYS IN THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, jewelry appraisals, signet ring
jewelry appraisals, signet ring, bad shape: In answer to your signet ring question G day Kip and many thanks for your query. The design appears to be stamped or more likely cast moulded, and was fairly common in the 1970 s - 80 s in Mens Signet rings. You didn t say if there were any gemstones to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring appraisal / resize, divet, weddingband
divet, weddingband, jewelry shop: Hi Deborah, The change in weight isn t a problem anddoes not affect the value much. Your other issues are a concern to me. You need to find a quality jeweler. It sounds to me you went into a Mall or convenience jewelry shop that does cheap work for a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring head sizing, 1 carat diamond, carat size
1 carat diamond, carat size, cut of the diamond: Martin, here are two links to charts showing a relationship in carat size for round diamonds in mm. Please keep in mind, mm diameter is not a true measure of carat. Carat is weight and the proportions of the cut of the diamond will affect the diameter. For...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring manufacturer or diamond?, diamond expert, star shape
diamond expert, star shape, ring manufacturer: I am not a diamond expert but I can suggest the following.. I assume the ring has monetary value and certainly sounds like it has sentimental value... I would contact G.I.A. locating in Carlbad California..they can give you a very accurate appraisal of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: not sure if ring is real, oval diamond, time joan
oval diamond, time joan, gold ring: Joan, the only marks that mean something to me are the legal markings for the quality of the metal, 14 karat. The other marks are likely makers marks of some mark the maker uses for id of products. The only way to know for certain is to go to a reputable...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, spring bar, prong setting
spring bar, prong setting, ring sizing: wendy- It can be a problem, it all depends on how the heads are connected to the shank, is this a shared prong setting? or 4 prong, can you send me an email with a picture, I can comment with more substance once I see the pic. The other options you have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby polishing, colored gemstones, purplish color
colored gemstones, purplish color, quality color: Rick- There are different qualities of Ruby, the real deep RED colors ( pigeons blood ) are mostly from Burma and are the most expensive. The Purplish colors mixed with Darker Red are most likely from Sri Lanka, Madagascar, or Thailand, these are of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver turning cloudy after polishing, sterling silver jewelry, cutting compounds
sterling silver jewelry, cutting compounds, diamond compound: Nichole, you caught me just at the time I head to the bedroom to get some zzzzzzzz s. I will answer on Saturday. I suspect at first it is the buffing wheel used or the speed of the motor. In any case, large areas of silver are very, very difficult to polish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Single Bangle, jewelry appraisals, silver bangle
jewelry appraisals, silver bangle, precious metals: In answer to your Single Bangle question G day Debbie and many thanks for your query. This is a little like saying About 20 years ago I had a car - what do you think it would be worth today? Not enough information to help really, but you have to accept...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamp on Itlian Jewerly with Letters AP, gold content, assay office
gold content, assay office, gold jewelry: Hello Alla and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to locate anything on the AP that you mention except that it may be the initials of the assay office where the item was produced. I would assume if the piece is stamped 14K that it is genuine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling silver, bench jeweler, work at home solutions
bench jeweler, work at home solutions, white vinegar: Dear Rebecca, thanks for this question. First of all, yes, there is hope for your bracelet. The heartfelt contents of this bracelet certainly outweigh any monetary value. And, certainly you want it to look beautiful once again. Rebecca, perhaps household...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stumped by this locket!, religious jewelry, rosary necklace
religious jewelry, rosary necklace, online auctions: Hello Heather and thank you for your inquiry. Your locket does sound interesting, but I m afraid I can t tell you much about it. The words Matar and Dolor seem to be Spanish or possibly Latin but I haven t been able to get a good translation. It is, apparently,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sudden allergic reaction to my wedding ring and other jewerly, platinum wedding ring, gold wedding band
platinum wedding ring, gold wedding band, nickel sensitivity: Trish, trying to answer this question is like chasing a rabbit down its trail and the rabbit always vanishes into the bush, leaving me in the trail. If you can, please use the follow-up option to get back to me and let me know: Have you worn the platinum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sealers for book ends made of lepidolite, attractive mineral, spray cans
attractive mineral, spray cans, lepidolite: Thanks for this question, Dennis. Lepidolite is an attractive mineral and should make nice bookends. I agree, obtaining a high polish by conventional methods could be difficult. I am no expert in answering the question you ask but will work from my...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver into gold, rhodium plate, silver cleaning
rhodium plate, silver cleaning, ph acid: Hi Paula, You have a couple of options. You can t have the setting plated in white gold as gold by nature is yellow. White gold is created by making an alloy of gold (58% gold for 14kt)copper, zinc and nickel. As this still leaves a yellow tint to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: size, carat weight, millimeters
carat weight, millimeters, 9mm: Hi Marco, 9mm/7mm is a gemstone that is 9 millimeters in length and 7 millimeters in width. This translates in inches to about 0.3543 inches by 0.023. Roughly a third of an inch by a quarter of an inch. If you are looking for the carat weight of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver bracelet, bench jeweler, sterling silver bracelet
bench jeweler, sterling silver bracelet, sterling jewelry: Melanie, much depends on the present condition of the bangle other than the broken clasp and how badly the clasp is broken. You will find Hayward sterling jewelry of various sorts for sale on the net as old, vintage items. Some items are more collectible...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you tell from this pic anything about this ring?, diamond engagement ring, engagement ring setting
diamond engagement ring, engagement ring setting, side diamonds: Autumn- The ring is an older style and from the picture the center diamond looks a bit on the yellowish color could you clarify with the seller what color the center diamond is? form the picture it appears to be a good cut meaning it has lots of fire as the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vermont Peridot/Olivine, middlebury vermont, pectolite
middlebury vermont, pectolite, rockhound: Hi Jim.. so no one else has this new stone...that sounds exciting...shouldn t you show it to whatever group (GIA ?)that clssifies new finds and give it a name..? I used to live in middlebury vermont...guess i should have kept my eye to the ground?? regards...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Wearing silver next to platinum, platinum engagement ring, platinum wedding bands
platinum engagement ring, platinum wedding bands, platinum diamond: Hi Suze. I wish I could find the previous answer you read. I must have it filed away in storage! Thanks for your question. Let s see what I find to say here: Considering silver and platinum, the pure metals do have a different hardness. There is a scale...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White spot on crystal ring, stone turquoise, crystal ring
stone turquoise, crystal ring, first contact: Hi Laura.. I don t understand why it is a tourquoise crystal...? can the seller explain..it does not seem to have the blue color of turquoise....perhaps it is man made..? you need to find out just what it is to determine what the white spot is..first contact...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: wearing gold and silver rings together, gold rings, color gold
gold rings, color gold, true problems: Angela, silver and gold are of different hardness and there is some outside chance the silver may wear where it contacts the gold ring. Otherwise, I would wear combinations as you desire. Silver is not going to ruin the gold. If for some chance over time...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what does writing on ring mean, great grandmother, shadow of a doubt
great grandmother, shadow of a doubt, small stones: Hi Jamie, The most logical reason to have a ring stamped Brass is that it is made of brass. This is not uncommon, and brass is often used as a metal under gold plate. The 18 small stones could be diamonds, but you will need a gemologist or jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10kt gold ring, oval ring, arrow pointing down
oval ring, arrow pointing down, gold band: Hi Sarah, I am not familiar with what you have described and am not an expert regarding makers or hallmarks. I have answered a number of questions regarding makers marks and hallmarks in the past and provided links that show images of many of these identifying...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K JCM, jewelry manufacturer, quality mark
jewelry manufacturer, quality mark, jcm: Debbie, folks nowadays seem to be quite concerned with the markings on jewelry. In the USA, the marking code is fairly simple. What is required is nothing or everything . What? Jewelry does not have to be marked with a quality mark (the karat mark),...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K marking?, gold markings, what this means
gold markings, what this means, solid gold: Karen, thanks for the question. I have received a lot of questions on gold markings lately. The bottom line is that the legal marking in the USA calls for any item marked with a karat stamp to be also marked with the makers logo. I suspect in the case...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K white gold ring "FDC", diamond company, browser address
diamond company, browser address, address field: Hello Debi and thank you for your inquiry. Other than my answer to the previous inquirer, I have not been able to find much except that there was a diamond company that used FDC on some of their items. The information site is listed below. Just copy and paste...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18KGP - What does it mean?, gold alloy, carat gold
gold alloy, carat gold, 18kgp: Alison, thanks for this question. I will try to help. In Canada, these marks are accepted for gold plated items: gold electroplate, gold plated, G.E.P., electroplaqué d or or or plaqué. In the USA, the National Gold and Silver Marking Act makes...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 3 carat tanzanite ring, gemologist, carats
gemologist, carats, ebay: HI JENNIFER, THE FINE LINES IN THE STONE ARE NORMAL INCLUSIONS AND NOT VERY SERIOUS. IS THE CHIP ON THE BOTTOM VISIBLE THROUGH THE TOP OF THE STONE? IF IT IS THEN I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE RING BE RETURNED, IF NOT AND IT DOESN T AFFECT THE BEAUTY OF THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Amber, jewelry glue, silver earring
jewelry glue, silver earring, rio grande: there are many very good adhesives for jewelry now.. the part of the amber that will be glued should be slightly sanded to take the gloss off. Go online to Rio Grande located in New Mexico.. they have a great catalogue full of all sorts of jewelry glue.....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Amber Stone, amber stone, tree sap
amber stone, tree sap, petrified tree: Hi Liz, They are just called Amber. It would be hard to tell how old the ring is. I do not think that would change the value anyway. You would need to shop around to find out a replacement value if you wanted to insure it. The real value is the fact...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ASK, nickel silver, gold content
nickel silver, gold content, gold products: Trisha- My guess is the ASK is the hallmark of the manufacturer who produced the chain, under law a mfg. must include his signature on all gold products to assure the public they are getting accurate gold content, in this case, 41.7% pure gold with the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amber stone in ring, epoxy resin, choice method
epoxy resin, choice method, amber stone: Amy, they should have warned you of any possible damage or changes to the stone before doing the work. Generally the cement used is an epoxy resin and solvents for this can damage amber. Heat is often the way to loosen epoxy cements but not to the extent...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amethyst ring, magnifing glass, prongs
magnifing glass, prongs, covey: Hello Peggy, Jewelers do not have the time or knowledge generally speaking to heat treat stones. They are known to do it by accident by over heating the ring. This usually destroys the stone by either making it lighter or cracked or both. Jewelers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bangle Bracelet, jackie kennedy, o rings
jackie kennedy, o rings, clasp: Hello Billie and thank you for your inquiry. If you bangle is gold or sterling, a jeweler may be able to resize it or you may want to see if it can be fitted with a small chain instead of a clasp to allow for extra expansion. A couple of O rings could be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bonded inside a ring, bench jeweler, gold overlay
bench jeweler, gold overlay, wedding rings: Charlotte, unfortunately without the ring in hand, I cannot tell for certain what the bonded may mean. I suspect a makers mark if the ring is 14k gold. You see, sometimes the word bonded is used to describe items which have a very heavy gold overlay....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bracelet Repaire, 18k gold bracelets, stress cracks
18k gold bracelets, stress cracks, capillary action: Zeus, thanks for the interesting and complicate situation of the bracelet. I will give it a fair shot here. You seem to have two major concerns for me to address: First, is filling was with 14K gold appropriate and your jeweler said, yes this is the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: another belt buckle with Nepoleon stamp, jewelry appraiser, belt buckle
jewelry appraiser, belt buckle, clouds and stars: Hi Gail - you might find information on this buckle on the site I previously gave you. These buckles were well made and very beautiful but they were made for the collector. If you believe this one to be an original, you would need to take it to an estate jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Maybe a blue topaz ring but SYN/ST on ring, blue topaz ring, modern jewelry
blue topaz ring, modern jewelry, lou x: Hi Louise, Sorry for the delay in my response, we have been dealing with the flu here. I would have to test the stone to verify if it is natural or not. This is something a gemologist in your area can do. If you are looking to sort out a number of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: brazilian emeralds still in stone, brazilian emeralds, gem material
brazilian emeralds, gem material, gem show: HI PRUDENCE, THERE ARE MANY VARIABLES THAT DETERMINE VALUE OF A SPECIMEN. THE GEM MATERIAL HAS TO BE EVALUATED BY ITS SIZE, CLARITY, WEIGHT, COLOR AND HOW IT LOOKS AS A WHOLE. THERE ARE SOME EMERALDS IN MATRIX THAT ARE WORTH MORE THAN IF THEY WERE CUT....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cameo, acetone nail polish remover, nail polish remover
acetone nail polish remover, nail polish remover, excess glue: This is an interesting question. I am curious whether the cameo is actually stone or shell, or is it some kind of imitation? Are you a cameo collector, and do you have some imitations made of plastic? I would hate to make a recommendation to you based on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: color change in diamonds, camel backs, razor sharpness
camel backs, razor sharpness, diamonds and gold: rachel- the stones may not have been diamonds, and if you are sure they were, then they might have burned the diamond. This can happen when not enough flux, or NO flux is put on the ring to cover the diamonds and gold. This can happen...the diamond may appear...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: DFB Co. watch fob, briggs co, google search
briggs co, google search, oval gold: Hi Diane, I don t know the date of your piece, but I did find good information that they were manufacturing into the 1950 s. There was a source that thought manufacturing stopped in 1922, but I searched a little more and found the 50 s to be more accurate....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: dull looking gold, e bay, evidences
e bay, evidences, abrasion: Cynthia, I am back as promised. Without a look at the ring I will present a few possible reasons the ring has a dull appearance. I am not certain by what mottled may mean in this case, unless the finish is varied or perhaps splotchy. IF THE RING IS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Elephant tusk jewelry, elephant tusk, boston new york
elephant tusk, boston new york, demello: Hi Chip , Thanks for writing I would need to see it to do an appraisal due to legal reasons. I am located in Boston , New York, Conn., New Jersey and Penn. See My website for details... Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Eternity ring, eternity ring, yellow gold
eternity ring, yellow gold, white gold: Hi Karen, There are a number of possibilities with the HS. Here is a link to more information: http://www.silvercollection.it/Englishsilvermarks3HDUE.html There are a few options, and together with the other information you have should give you a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: European/old mine diamonds, color clarity, brilliant diamond
color clarity, brilliant diamond, mathematical equation: Hi Beth, Old Mine cut is the oldest cut and contains the least amount of facets. European is quite a bit better as it contains more facets to push the light back through the table. Keep in mind, depth of the pavilion and proportion affect the diamond...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: engagement/wedding ring, center diamond, diamond band
center diamond, diamond band, engagement diamond: Paula- Congratulations on your up coming wedding!! From you email it seems perhaps that the Michael B designs would satisfy what you are looking for, they have a matched diamond band with a matched wedding eng ring with diamonds all around the center diamond,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K JCM, jewelry inc, long island city
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K JCM, jewelry inc, long island city, long island

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K white gold ring "FDC", wedding band, zoe
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K white gold ring "FDC", wedding band, zoe, decades

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amber stone in ring, amber ring, jeweler
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amber stone in ring, amber ring, jeweler, guess

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: another belt buckle with Nepoleon stamp, belt buckles
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: another belt buckle with Nepoleon stamp, belt buckles

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Maybe a blue topaz ring but SYN/ST on ring, grandmothers, topaz
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Maybe a blue topaz ring but SYN/ST on ring, grandmothers, topaz, hallmark

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: DFB Co. watch fob, briggs company, bates
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: DFB Co. watch fob, briggs company, bates, 1950s

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: faceted stone settings, contenti, google
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: faceted stone settings, contenti, google, punches

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Discoloration, hot tub spa, jewlery store
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Discoloration, hot tub spa, jewlery store, dark orange

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: JEWELRY COMPANIES, masonic, medals
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: JEWELRY COMPANIES, masonic, medals, fraternity

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: milky quartz, milky quartz, benefit
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: milky quartz, milky quartz, benefit, national geographic magazine

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Thailand and DAC rings, sterling silver jewelry, armstrong co
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Thailand and DAC rings, sterling silver jewelry, armstrong co, jewelry expert

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: faceted stone settings, metal punches, tube settings
metal punches, tube settings, faceted stones: hello...sorry all the stones we mount are simple cabs with no facet.. I would suggest that you call Rio Grande out of New Mexico.. they have a huge catalogue of all sorts of tools.. also you can call and ask for technical advice that should be able to answer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: GB mean, course gold, base metals
course gold, base metals, pure gold: Hello, This means your jewelry has a very thin layer of 24 karat (24K means pure) gold bonded to base metal. This means it is mostly some kind of base metal such as brass which is copper mixed with other base metals. Another term used is gold filled,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: German Silver? Sterling Silver., white metals, metal alloys
white metals, metal alloys, rhodium plate: follow-up March 4, 2008 9:34pm----------------------------------- Sarah, thanks for the links. Allexperts.com allows images to be uploaded but sometimes that appears to be cut off. You sent fine images for me to see and the links are greatly appreciated....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: GOLD, gold question, gold stamp
gold question, gold stamp, inch necklace: Be very carefull with this. One of my daily duties is purchasing gold. I have found some items stamped 14K that were brass. Normally 14K would be the gold stamp and GB would be the manufacture. Get the necklace tested anyway befoe you make any assumptions...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Discoloration, lucky friends, gold rings
lucky friends, gold rings, intricate detail: Theresa- The hot tub sounds great! lucky friends. Discoloration as you described comes from either chemicals such as Chlorine or Ammonia, I suspect the tablets had something to do with it, its no big deal. Take the rings to your local jeweler who has a shop...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold pin, pentagonal shape, turquoise beads
pentagonal shape, turquoise beads, google: Hi Priscilla, The Mark is a manufactures hallmark or makers mark. Unfortunately I am not fammilliar with the maker so thats about the best I can do. There are some online lists of hallmarks and makers marks that you can search located in google. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gorham ladies diamond/sapphire pendant watch, sapphire ribbon, jewelry appraiser
sapphire ribbon, jewelry appraiser, insurance purposes: Hello Gloria and thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like you have a beautiful watch. I believe the best idea is for you to have this watch professionally tested for metal and stone content. You should have an appraisal done which would give you the information...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: garnet ring, garnet ring, image upload
garnet ring, image upload, silver ring: RJ, give me until tomorrow evening and I will try to put together a simple sketch with an approach to removing and resetting a stone in a bezel like you describe. Fair enough? That will give you a better answer than trying to explain all in words. God...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold, elbow grease, kt gold
elbow grease, kt gold, bon ami: Lisa, first be very certain the chain is solid 9 kt gold and not overlaid. Do you see a series of stamps together? 9kt is used in the UK and the marking system there is quite precise. If the marks are not there and you are not certain, have a jeweler check...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold, gold karat, angel wing
gold karat, angel wing, gold necklace: Jessica, we repair items like this all the time. A broken wing should be repairable. If gold, karat gold and not gold filled or plated, soldering with gold solders and a nice clean up of the work will make the repair essentially unseen. Be relieved, Jessica....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold marking, reputable dealer, solid gold
reputable dealer, solid gold, purchaser: Cheryl, thanks for the link. This seller is well rated and I am certain that would not be the case if items were not as advertised. As for the color of the gold, that is possible to explain. These are estate items, meaning either purchased from an estate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring with single diamond, british hallmarks, gems and minerals
british hallmarks, gems and minerals, gold content: Sam, This is a quick follow-up. This link may help and I believe the man who wrote the article is an expert on allexperts.com in the Jewelry, Gems and Minerals section. It might be wise to send him your question. He knowledge better fits the question than...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold stone, gold stone, oval shape
gold stone, oval shape, gold jewelry: Hi Anna, You could certainly do this. You will need to find a goldsmith in your area to handle that for you. I have no idea what a smith might charge for their time to do this, but you are giving them the gold so you would simply be paying for the labor...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold verification request, gold refiners, gold refinery
gold refiners, gold refinery, saint pietro: First, here is information about the PAMP gold credits: Produits Artistiques de Métaux Précieux is a gold refinery based at Castel Saint Pietro, in Switzerland. Originally established in 1977, today it is one of the world’s premier gold refiners and a brand...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold wedding band, gold wedding band, ribbon line
gold wedding band, ribbon line, rolled gold: Hello Sonya and thank you for your inquiry. All gold was not marked, especially on older pieces pre 1900. The only sure way is to have the item tested. Your jeweler or possibly antique shop can do a test with acid which is harmless to the piece if done properly....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: grandmother's ring, orange blossom, milgrain
orange blossom, milgrain, geometric design: Hello Adrianne and thank you for your inquiry. The ring is Platinum and the other stampings could be design or designer markings. The B is more interesting. The company Boucheron made exquisite fine jewelry and had a script B mark, but probably earlier...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmark help, jewelry appraiser, u s gold
jewelry appraiser, u s gold, gold mark: Hello Tami and thank you for your inquiry. The 750 mark is the U.S. Gold mark for 18K gold. I have not been able to locate a manufacturer/designer with the flower or AB initials. This this is a US piece, I would suggest that you have it appraised by an estate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Harem Rings and Harem Jewelry, harem jewelry, ottoman empire
harem jewelry, ottoman empire, amazon: Hello Lisa and thank you for your inquiry. One of the first places I look for information on culture and history is Wikpedia - here is a page you might find interesting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_the_Ottoman_Empire#Jewelery Here is another...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark ?, gemological laboratory, demello
gemological laboratory, demello, hallmarks: Thanks for writing Jane, I m not familliar with this hallmark. Where the ring ws purchased new from the jeweler. Contact the jeweler that sold it to you. There is a good chance they will know all about this ring. Hallmarks are like initials on a work...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: inside surface of eternity rings, princess cut diamonds, eternity bands
princess cut diamonds, eternity bands, eternity rings: Elizabeth- Dont make yourself crazy about this, there is very little difference between them, are the diamonds round or princess cut in the ring? the correct and proper way to mfg. a diamond ring is for clean outs in the back of the ring where the diamonds...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: insurance for my ring, personal property insurance, insurance appraisal
personal property insurance, insurance appraisal, homeowners policy: Hi Frances, I would definitely get it insured. If you have a homeowners policy you could specifically add the ring to your policy. Normally I would suggest and insurance appraisal, but since the ring was just purchased I would insure it for the purchase...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: JEWELRY COMPANIES, greenduck co, jewelry companies
greenduck co, jewelry companies, duck company: Hi Sherry, I do respond to all questions that are asked of me, even when they are completely outside my area of expertise. Such is the case with costume jewelry. I have managed to answer a few questions by getting some good search result information,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewellery Making / Design, gold jewellery, tomorrow evening
gold jewellery, tomorrow evening, gold ring: Susan, your answer could be pages and pages but I will simplify that somewhat. Please give me until tomorrow evening and I will get thoughts together for an answer. In the meantime, if there is a specific area of jewelry making besides in general, please...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lab created diamonds, lab created diamonds, synthetic gemstones
lab created diamonds, synthetic gemstones, natural diamond: Jonathan, although we do not sell or specialize in these synthetic gemstones Lab Created Diamonds are Yellow in color and have a distinct difference because of this. As these lab grown stones are almost identical in dispersion, refractive index and specific...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Where can I Learn?, bench jewelers, jewelry work
bench jewelers, jewelry work, sloppy work: Thanks for this question, Melissa. I am always interested in people who find jewelry work pleasing and those who want to learn more and reach professional levels in the work. By professional, I do not only mean “paid” for the work but producing fine quality...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lillie Langtry belt buckle, lillie langtry, jersey lily
lillie langtry, jersey lily, tiffany studios: Hello Antonette and thank you for your inquiry. Your buckle was made in the 1950-60 s and is a fantasy item. If you will visit the below site, you will find out more about these items. Hope this helps. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lillie Langtry belt buckle, lillie langtry, jersey lily
lillie langtry, jersey lily, tiffany studios: Hello Gail and thank you for your inquiry. Your buckle was made in the 1950-60 s and is a fantasy item. If you will visit the below site, you will find out more about these items. Hope this helps. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is it Lisner??, ivory roses, paper tag
ivory roses, paper tag, jewelry books: Hello Ashley and thank you for your inquiry. Your necklace could possibly be Lisner, however most of their items were signed. This type of necklace was popular during the 1950 s and many companies used similar styling. It is difficult to match up the exact...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: lab-created Alexandrite gem set in silver, lapidary club, minor scuffs
lapidary club, minor scuffs, cotton cloth: That s a really good set of questions. Let s take a look at them one at a time. First, no you really can not pursue this with the seller in another country because of the legal costs involved. It would cost you far more than it would be worth. For that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: lapis, lapidary club, bench jeweler
lapidary club, bench jeweler, gold veins: Lapis is truly a wonderful stone. I think with a fresh polish, you will be surprised just now beautiful it used to look! Your best bet would be to find a lapidary club in your area and make contact with someone there. This is a fairly straightforward procedure...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: MARKINGS AND QUALITY MARKS, mercury head, rabbit head
mercury head, rabbit head, metal quality: Follow-up. Steve, I took a look at some French hallmarks and a mercury head is there. I have two links which might help. Copy and paste the links. It will be up to you to see if these marks are like the ones you see on the bracelet. Main Site of Hallmarks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Maker?, jewelry appraiser, insurance purposes
jewelry appraiser, insurance purposes, platnum: Hello Kathleen and thank you for your inquiry. I have not had any luck in researching this mark. Probably the best idea would be to have an appraisal done by an estate jewelry appraiser. That way you will have positive identification as well as value for insurance...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mohs Scale (measuring hardness of gems), german pronunciation, relative hardness
german pronunciation, relative hardness, moths: Fi, this scale of relative hardness based on one mineral scratching another lower on the scale was invented by a German who studied minerals, Friedrich Mohs. I am not certain of the exact German pronunciation but the generally accepted pronunciation is moe...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark on pearl ring, zales jewelers, kay jewelers
zales jewelers, kay jewelers, blue lagoon: Its Possible it is MikiMoto. Mikimoto makes pearls in different grades now a days. You have Mikimoto, Mikimoto SeaMagic, Mikimoto Blue Lagoon and possibaly. These which are both marketed by Kay Jewelers and Zales Jewelers. Have the pearl looked at buy a gemologist....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: no marking on gold bangle, pawn shop, gold plate
pawn shop, gold plate, yellow diamond: Rhonda, thanks for the fine comment. This encourages me to keep it up here. I have to answer to clear the board of unanswered questions since the allexpeerts machine does not know the difference in a comment and a question. : ) Best wishes and yes, God...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on gold locket, decorative engraving, gold locket
decorative engraving, gold locket, gold content: Heidi, I find no reference to this word lined used in describing the quality of metal in a jewelry item. Since it is 9 karat, I suspect the item is from Great Britain. Gold from there has very specific marks, in fact, a series of marks showing quality,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: melting silver for a cast/mold, cast mold, jewelry work
cast mold, jewelry work, specific gravity: Chris, thanks for this question and best wishes in jewelry work. It is really neat to get the first few finished pieces done and be proud of the work. Are you familiar with specific gravity? This is a comparison of how much mass something has compared...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: milky quartz, milky quartz, artistic value
milky quartz, artistic value, jewelry making: HI JACQUES, MILKY QUARTZ IS RARELY USED IN JEWELRY MAKING AND IS VERY COMMON AND NOT OF ANY COMMERCIAL VALUE. IF IT WERE CARVED OR FACETED IT MIGHT HAVE ARTISTIC VALUE BUT NOT MUCH. IF YOU LOOK YOU WILL FIND MANY OF THESE STONES ALL OVER THE PLANET. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: nickle, coffee service, northeast states
coffee service, northeast states, demello: Hi Pam Nickel is much cheaper as it contains much less fine silver. To appraise it I would need to physicaly examine it by law. I am located throughout the northeast states if I can help you. Here is my info: Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal Repair, conchoidal fractures, gift of prophecy
conchoidal fractures, gift of prophecy, lightning ridge: GDay Don, thanks for your email. Is a shame the stone you love has some problems that just wont go away . Ring stones particularly suffer from percussion effects . I would say that it may have had seen its best day when it was highly polished and scratchless....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Other half of paperwork, current market value, insurance appraisal
current market value, insurance appraisal, colorful story: Hi Roger, I agree, that is a colorful story. However, just based on the cost to recreate a ring similar to what you describe, the value would be well over $5000.00. Having not seen the ring or the condition of it, I can t really give you an insurance...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum marking on elephant vase, dense metal, vase
dense metal, vase, elephant: diana Not sure without looking at the actual vase, can you send me a picture of the vase and the bottom stamping? is the vase very heavy? Platinum is a dense metal and very heavy.....also let me know how tall it is....please send me the pic asap. If the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pocket watch, waltham pocket watches, pocket watch
waltham pocket watches, pocket watch, ald: the Waltham Pocket watches were stamped either 14kt or 18kt if they are gold, if you see NO such mark 585 or 750 it is not gold , if its gold plated or Gold filled it will be stamped as well. the 9.375 means nothing to me, sorry..... if it was 10kt gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Possible Ring Value, gold content, box lid
gold content, box lid, crushed velvet: Hello Susan and thank you for your inquiry. The Mautner Company was a display company in New York and probably produced the box for the ring. They were active as far back as 1888. The Et Yours is probably a company s design line of rings. I have no listing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pendant?, getty museum, renaissance woman
getty museum, renaissance woman, replica jewelry: Hello Kathy and thank you for your inquiry. Your pendant is very beautiful and worth researching further. I wish I could give you some information, but I have turned up nothing in my resources. You might try talking with someone at the Getty museum for more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum chain, platinum chain, david fortier
platinum chain, david fortier, kim hi: Hi Kim! That is a great question, and many people are under the impression that a mark on a piece of jewelry is definitive proof of its composition. It is not. Often, a piece of jewelry that is marked is not of any value at all. Anyone with a stamp can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: is there platinum in my ring?, princess cut diamonds, princess cut diamond
princess cut diamonds, princess cut diamond, white gold rings: Hi Marilyn, I am afraid I don t have any solid answers for you as I don t specialize in makers marks or hallmarks. I usually am able to come up with some helpful information by doing a google search. In this case, a search didn t bring anything back....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum wedding band, platinum wedding band, platinum band
platinum wedding band, platinum band, gold ring: Hi Wendy, The only way you could make it thicker would be to re-cast it. It would take more metal to do that. It would be a new ring then. The problem is platinum is very expensive and it is also difficult to cast. Therefore it will be expensive to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Raw amethyst, jewelry show, gem jewelry
jewelry show, gem jewelry, ebay: ROUGH AMYTHYST CAN BE SOLD ON EBAY OR TO COLLECTORS. CUTTERS USUALLY BUY FROM SUPPLIERS AND IF THEY DON T KNOW YOU THEY WOULD HAVE TO SEE IT AND JUDGE ITS QUALITY. GO TO A GEM & JEWELRY SHOW AND TRY TO SELL IT THERE. PUT AN AD IN A MAGAZINE LIKE LAPIDERY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing an emerald from a ring, 18k gold ring, cutting tool
18k gold ring, cutting tool, emeralds: Colleen, the jeweler will likely use the safest method and that is to cut away the bezel. This is done with a fine jewelers saw or with a very fine rotating cutoff disc. The metal is cut just deep enough to allow the metal to be gently pulled back from the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, cubic zirconia stones, diamond stones
cubic zirconia stones, diamond stones, fruitless task: Mandy, thanks for the question. First of all, I don t try to answer questions about marks for actual identity of the maker. There are so many manufacturers I would chase answers all day, need a book of picture of all the makers marks and more. That is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Marking, providence rhode island, jewelry products
providence rhode island, jewelry products, side stones: Hello Jamie and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring was made by Campus Jewelry Products, Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island. The last entry for them in the Jewelry Keystone Listing is 1943. The 10K means the ring is 10 karat gold. Hope this helps ! Enjoy your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring mounting, man made diamond, ebay
man made diamond, ebay, jewelry store: Hello jan, Well you need to determine what stone you will mount..diamonds depending on the 4 Cs ..color,caret,clarity,cut will vary from $50 to several hundreds or more..and gemstones have the same range.do you know about moisenite ..it is a very good man...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Resize - 8 to a 4.5, ruby ring, finger hole
ruby ring, finger hole, side stones: Kelly, thanks for the question. I went here and saw the image and thank you very much for that. Now, I can revise my answer a bit. By the way, the ring is very lovely. Thanks for this question. I will be clear as I can with you so you can make a decision...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring re-sizing, resizing rings, size rings
resizing rings, size rings, amazon: Hello Suzan and thank you for your inquiry. You might find the below site useful - it does describe the process of resizing rings. You might also check amazon.com for books on jewelry making. This process would probably be covered in a general jewelry design...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re-cut diamond?, pear shaped diamond, cut diamond
pear shaped diamond, cut diamond, specifics: Most definitely, however it all depends on the size of the stone and where the damage is?? if you only want to recut the pear for what purpose? you could make it a round diamond but you would loose a lot of weight.....this question needs more specifics......

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 'real' rubies, synthetic rubies, ramaura ruby
synthetic rubies, ramaura ruby, fluid inclusions: Hi again, There is no way I know of to know for sure. If you had looked at a lot of natural ones and a lot of synthetic ones for years like I have, You would be able to tell most of the time just by the color and inclusions (flaws) even the cut. However...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: remove glue, quartz movement, watch makers
quartz movement, watch makers, work situations: Follow up-------ahh..the movement is junk---------------- Considering how the movement was put in, I suspect it is junk or can be junked. Basic movements are not very costly in the first place. First, try acetone, from a hardware or paint store. Soak...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: About resizing, gold sapphire, le vian
gold sapphire, le vian, side stones: Hi again, Laura. I do hope my answer was not discouraging. I have to be honest totally and tell it like it is. This makes for a better informed jewelry customer. Resizing should be no problem considering the design of the ring band (the shank). Prices...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, karat gold jewelry, jewelry firm
karat gold jewelry, jewelry firm, ostby: Hello Kristi and thank you for your inquiry. The OB could stand for Ostby and Barton a jewelry firm active in the 1920-40 s located in Providence, RI. They were makers of low karat gold jewelry. You might search online for possible copies of their catalog...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rough cut gems, color change garnets, spessartite
color change garnets, spessartite, rough cut: Hello Stephan, This is out of my expertise but I suggest you call the GIA in Ca. they specialze in diamonds but I think they could help you or send you in the right direction...somehow you need them independently graded than appraised. the number is 760-603-4500...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rough diamonds, gravel wash, gravel beds
gravel wash, gravel beds, lava rocks: Hi Joshua, Diamonds normally are found in gravel beds and or in place in the earth. They are formed in formations called kimberlite. One of the features of diamond is they seem to repel water. They dont get wet like other stones do. So they use that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sapphires, jewelry show, gem jewelry
jewelry show, gem jewelry, lumetta: HI ROB, ALL SELLERS OF SAPPHIRES ARE ALSO BUYERS. MANY SAPPHIRES FROM CAMBODIA ARE UNTREATED AND USUALLY OF GOOD QUALITY. MANY DEALERS WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THEM. YOU WOULD NEED TO DO SOME HOMEWORK AND FIND THEM. ANY GEM & JEWELRY SHOW WOULD PROVIDE MANY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Scratches on sterling discs, silicon carbide, tiny scratches
silicon carbide, tiny scratches, buffing machine: Hi, Debbie. Thanks for getting in touch. Sterling silver is relatively soft compared to other precious metal and for that reason will be scratched more easily. This characteristic of the metal also makes polishing easy in some cases and more difficult...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling platinum jewelry, platinum wedding bands, university hts
platinum wedding bands, university hts, brick and mortar: John You cannot get 100 spot price for Platinum, too many variables involved when melting, platinum jewelry is usually 950 or 95 pure but costs a lot more to refine or smelt. If you were quoted 35/gr that is a very good price on the street since dealers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver, aqua regia, tiny diamond
aqua regia, tiny diamond, liquid acid: Debbie A quick test can be made with liquid acid which you could purchase from a hobby shop or online. Hydrochloric Acid is dangerous and most likely should not be used by a novice. Aqua-Regia is this type of acid when placed on silver sterling will turn...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Solid Gold Marking, professional jeweler, solid gold
professional jeweler, solid gold, designation: Hello Ray and thank you for your inquiry. In the 1800 s a lot of jewelry was marked Solid Gold when in fact it is really heavy gold filled or plate. The words Solid Gold were more of a trademark than actual metal designation. The Metals Act of 1906 determined...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: STONES & MINERALS, custom jeweler, gold quality
custom jeweler, gold quality, gold content: Hi Michelle, A custom jeweler or gemologist could give you an idea what stones are genuine and which are synthetic. Also what the gold quality is karat gold or plated, or gold filled/bonded. The plated and bonded gold have very little gold content. Karat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Silver Bracelet, sterling silver bracelet, online auction site
sterling silver bracelet, online auction site, ball joints: Sorry Valerie, I would need to examine the item to do a valuation. I can t do valuations on this forum. Contact Binder. They may be able to figure it from the newer one they make. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver in its natural state, dull grey, silver tone
dull grey, silver tone, gunpowder: It is dark dull grey and looks almost like a trail of gunpowder in a vien and is usually found in quartz. It looks absolutely nothing like pyrite which people confused for gold, not silver, even though it does form in one variety with a silver tone. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver jewelry, silver cuff bracelet, dragon figure
silver cuff bracelet, dragon figure, silver jewelry: Hello Becky and thank you for your inquiry. There was a World s Fair Expo in St. Louis, but that was in 1904. Your bracelet may be a souvenir of a trip to St. Louis with the date inscribed. The dragon figure could stand for an event that was going on at the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver marks, sterling silver gold, eye cameo
sterling silver gold, eye cameo, metal copper: Hi, William. Thanks for this question concerning the silver marks in your rings. Let me give an explanation of the marks used in the USA for precious metals. Sure, other countries will have slightly different markings but the numerals are fairly consistent...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: soldering a sterling silver pendant ring, sterling silver ring, silver solders
sterling silver ring, silver solders, tungsten rod: Penny I am not perfectly certain of what you mean by solder it the way it is but will simply tell how the soldering is done. That should answer your question. The strongest and neatest joints for soldering sterling use special solders used for sterling....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver, liver of sulfur, bezel cup
liver of sulfur, bezel cup, body lotions: Marta, the acetone is what used to be the essential ingredient in nail polish remover and is a solvent for many things. The acetone will not damage silver. However, do not use it on porous stones such as turquoise and lapis. While it may not hurt fine lapis,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: two stones, pariba tourmaline, american gem trade association
pariba tourmaline, american gem trade association, independent appraisers: Hi RJ, I m happy to help you. The best sources for Wholesale prices on gemstones you can get from the American Gem Trade Association. AGTA. They are connected with many of the best wholesale firms. It is not ethical for Independent appraisers including...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: super glue on platinum band, glue remover, platinum band
glue remover, platinum band, drugstores: Hello Sandra and thank you for your inquiry. You can buy super glue remover at most hardware/drugstores. Try to us that first. Usually it is not harmful to metals or other substances. As soon as the glue begins to loosen you may be able to rinse the residue...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite flash, tucson gem show, tanzanite ring
tucson gem show, tanzanite ring, flash thanks: Hello Karen, When choosing a Tanzanite ring with a center stone of almost two carats, I would suggest making sure you buy it from a reputable source and get a certificate or guarantee with your stone. If you are unsure of the source, I would get the ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Thailand and DAC rings, sterling silver rings, simulated diamonds
sterling silver rings, simulated diamonds, uncut diamonds: HI AGAIN PAM, THERE ARE MANY PIECES OF SILVER JEWELRY ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH GENUINE STONES INCLUDING DIAMONDS. THE LARGE CENTER STONES HOWEVER ARE NOT GENUINE DIAMONDS. HOWEVER IT MAY BE A ONE IN A MILLION SHOT THAT SOMEONE SLIPPED UP, SO TAKE THE STONE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Why can't my ring be re-sized?, carat diamond, tiny diamonds
carat diamond, tiny diamonds, graduate gemologist: Lori Dont panic! salesmen hype is always an issue in this very competitive business. The diamond could have chipped or broken in the setting when it was set or as you were wearing it. If you can send me a close up picture of the ring I could comment further,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: can you tell me what this is, jewelry appraiser, metal gold
jewelry appraiser, metal gold, jewlry: Hello Susan and thank you for your inquiry. During the 1930-40 s there was a jewelry fad using tiny bottles filled with different objects - gemstones, pearls, perfume, etc. and using them as pendants or designed as other jewelry items. It is possible that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you tell me what this is?, local museum, silver piece
local museum, silver piece, existance: Hello Judy and thank you for your inquiry. You have a very interesting piece. It appears to me to be Victorian and some sort of server. A lot more could be told by physicial examination i.e. is that a porcelain inset tray and is it removeable ? Is that a sauce...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How is testing done on paraiba tourmaline, ebay auctions, chemical fingerprint
ebay auctions, chemical fingerprint, copper content: That s a great question and is highly relevant in the current market as there is so much interest in this stone. The answer, however, is not so easy. First let s talk about where to get a report. There are hundreds of laboratories that issues reports...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turquoise, cream of wheat, egg blue
cream of wheat, egg blue, imitation stone: This is an outstanding question. It is also very challenging to answer but I will give it my best shot! First off, when you say reputable company what do you mean? Does the company have a gemologist on staff? Where and how was that gemologist educated?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: UNHEATED GREEN TANZANITE, absorption spectrum, chromium lines
absorption spectrum, chromium lines, ms brooks: Hello Andrew, Lets start with the material. To get a value, you would need to know if it was indeed green zoisite (unheated) or if it was green Tanzanite , tanzanite that didn t turn the color they wanted when they heated it. The challenge here...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: UNUSUAL PIN I FOUND, crescent moon and star, moon and star
crescent moon and star, moon and star, browser address: Hi Dave and thank you for your inquiry. The crescent moon and star usually represents Islam - here is a site that might be of more interest to you. Just copy and paste it into your browser address field: http://islam.about.com/od/history/a/crescent_moon.htm...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: very unusual gold ring, dragon jewelry, expertise thanks
dragon jewelry, expertise thanks, 14kt gold: HI RJ in New Mexico, I saw a necklace with a King and a Dragon on it last week. I couldn t figure it out. Your s sounds really crazy. I dont know whats with the dragon jewelry. I wish I knew and I d be happy to help you. If I find out, you will be the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Value of ring, gemstone rings, blue sapphire
gemstone rings, blue sapphire, search ebay: Hello Betsy and thank you for your inquiry. Since you are considering selling the ring you should have it professionally appraised. In order to get the best price, most buyers will pay more for an item that has been appraised. A gemologist could also give...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Waltham Pocket Watch, waltham pocket watch, diamond expert
waltham pocket watch, diamond expert, pocket watches: Barbara- of course its worth fixing, it was your Mothers!! it doesnt matter how much the dollar value is.....Im not that familiar with pocket watches ans I am a diamond expert and do not engage in watches of any kind, im sorry. If you can remove the movement,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White gold ring reshaping and resizing, thin section, quality metal
thin section, quality metal, style of lettering: Lucy, depending on the degree of twist in the band and the width, resizing and flattening the band to remove the twist should be quite doable by a capable jeweler. The width of the band will determine what added work must be done to give a flat sided...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White vs yellow gold, correct percentages, gold question
correct percentages, gold question, nickel silver: Cindy- You are partially correct, to refine gold you need certain technical equipment, unless the jeweler smelts and refines his own gold, I seriously doubt he has the capacity to do this on premise or the time needed to do this with just ONE ring......they...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold, yellow tinge, jewelry business
yellow tinge, jewelry business, gold jewelry: Charlene, we have a salon right next to our jewelry business. After some discoloration of jewelry, most of the ladies wear gloves or remove their jewelry. This is a good practice when working with chemical solutions. I do not know what you were using...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: wondering about the "P", jewelry makers, gold content
jewelry makers, gold content, national gold: April, this is a good question. I had a similar question a while back and will quote this paragraph from it: What is plumb gold? Think of a plumb bob as used by a carpenter to show a line straight up and down and on the mark. In about 1981 the National...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k Gold Ring, gold wedding band, jewelry store
gold wedding band, jewelry store, gold ring: Annette Gold is a very soft metal and will conform to pressure from your finger and the items you touch on a daily basis, depending on the thickness of the metal this can happen over time..... take the ring into a jewelry store who has a shop on premise...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k gold 583 (discolored), 14k gold chain, gold content
14k gold chain, gold content, karat gold: Hello Frankie and thank you for your inquiry. The 583 could mean that the chain is not fully 14K but gold-filled or lower karat gold thatn 14K. Following is an Italian hallmark site that may be able to help you with your mark : http://www.silvercollection.it/italianhallmarks.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925 designation on silver jewelry, sterling jewelry, sterling silver
sterling jewelry, sterling silver, demello: Sterling Silver is Sterling Silver regardless of age. Some silver is a finer quality of silver which is known as coin silver. Nicklel Silver is the least pure and has even less content of fine silver. The 925 mark stands for sterling regardless of age. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Agate and Onyx?, black onyx, bands of color
black onyx, bands of color, green hope: Hi, I am not sure about the parallel idea but yes dyed agate is concentric. As far as the difference one is natural the other is dyed, the color should be somewhat different. I buy the dyed black onyx because if is uniform in color where as the natural...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aquamarine ring, aquamarine ring, pawn shop
aquamarine ring, pawn shop, ballpark estimate: Hi Jay, That second image is much better. The first image looked odd. The perfect example as to why a good gemologist will never make an ID with nothing but a photo. The new photo looks as though the stone has some visible inclusions? If that is the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to antique gold, bench jeweler, black rhodium
bench jeweler, black rhodium, paint thinner: Teresa, it is a coincidence but I answered a question on this same subject a day ago. What I will do is give you a link to that answer and you can see the most of it. The link is copy and paste. In that answer is another link to another time I answered the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique locket, medical jewelry, locket
medical jewelry, locket, browser address: Hello Candie and thank you for your inquiry. In order to establish a manufcturer you would have to have some markings - hallmark on the item. Caduceus lockets and other medical jewelry items have been popular for a long time. You can find out more about the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black rohdium, albuquerque new mexico, rio grande
albuquerque new mexico, rio grande, costumers: Kyle- As you probably know Rhodium can only adhere to metal if it is absolutely clean, are you electro cleaning the chain prior to the application? it must go thorough this process, the rhodium should also be heated as this will help the process. I need more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Could I have bought a 14K surprise?, bench jeweler, stacy stacy
bench jeweler, stacy stacy, ring guards: Stacy, I got a question today asking about a similar jewelry item as yours. This person purchased as 14k gold. They were curious if yours turned out to be gold. If you know and want to let me know, I will appreciate it. If not, that is fine, too. Thanks....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning behind & between diamonds, ammonia water, liquid ammonia
ammonia water, liquid ammonia, turning over a new leaf: Gail Dont use vodka or gin why waste it? Whisk ( the detergent liquid) Ammonia, water, those 3 combinations should do the trick for you...or you can just soak it in a cut of straight ammonia it will not harm the platinum or gold or the diamonds as long as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cracked shank after bleach - what to do?, alloy metals, stress corrosion
alloy metals, stress corrosion, finger rings: Hi, Anna. Thanks for this question with your concerns about the white gold ring. While I would not expect a quite short time in the bleach water to bring out the damage but it is possible. As you might know from my previous answers, the breaks are caused...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cufflinks, professional jeweler, president eisenhower
professional jeweler, president eisenhower, biography books: Hello Jodie and thank you for your inquiry. President Eisenhower IKE was an avid golfer and played in tournaments in 1958. There was even a cabin, tree and pond named after him at the championship course in Augusta, Ga. I haven t been able to locate the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: costume jewellery, doing business in hong kong, business in hong kong
doing business in hong kong, business in hong kong, genuine hope: Hello Tammy and thank you for your inquiry. Empire Made was the mark used by British Companies doing business in Hong Kong. The G & CC was probably the logo of the specific company. Unfortunately, I do not have a listing of British Companies but you might...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dating Van Dell jewellery, van dell, specialty books
van dell, specialty books, browser address: Hello Chris and thank you for your inquiry. Van Dell began signing their jewelry c. 1939 and during their production, used several other names. You can find out more information at the below link. Just click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond(?) Ring, kimberly diamond, professional jeweler
kimberly diamond, professional jeweler, jewelry appraiser: Hi Lena If your in the UK which I think you are there is a very good Gemologist (FGA) in Bristol England. Look him up and have the stone tested. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA), J-Bar,(JVC) USPAP Independent Graduate Gemologist Jewelry Appraiser http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond ring symbols??, triangle symbol, gold quality
triangle symbol, gold quality, ring shank: HI NERISSA, WELL THE ONLY SYMBOL I KNOW IS 10K . IT IS USED FOR GOLD QUALITY. THE OTHER SYMBOL DOESN T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH DIAMONDS. THEY USUALLY DON T STAMP ANTHING ABOUT THE STONES ON THE RING SHANK. THOSE OTHER STAMPS ARE PROBABLY JUST MANUFACTURERS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: denim sapphires, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, eye of the beholder
beauty is in the eye of the beholder, eye of the beholder, preferred color: Hello, I would not use the word inferior. It may not be the preferred color, but that is a matter of taste. As you know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Fortunate for you however this color is not the highest priced color. As to the what to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond / 14k white gold, 14k white gold, diamond 14k white gold
14k white gold, diamond 14k white gold, plastic baggie: Hi, Kit. Sorry you are having trouble with stones coming out of your ring. Unfortunately, the invisible settings are not the strongest and we have seen many with loose or lost stones. These may be beautiful but are not the best for tough wearing. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Engagement ring sizing, platinum engagement ring, platinum ring
platinum engagement ring, platinum ring, ring sizing: HI GITTA, PLATINUM SOLDER IF POSSIBLE OR SILVER SOLDER OR WHITE GOLD SOLDER. YOU LL SEE THAT ANY OF THESE MAY DISCOLOR THE SHANK SLIGHTLY. PLATINUM IS A DIFFICULT METAL TO GET RIGHT. IT MIGHT BE BETTER TO SOLDER THE RING THEN REPLATE THE WHOLE THING WITH...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k gold 583 (discolored), jeweler, kt
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k gold 583 (discolored), jeweler, kt, gold

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique locket, bridal attire, locket
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique locket, bridal attire, locket, hallmark

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold karat marks (not mfg marks), karat gold, montgomery alabama
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold karat marks (not mfg marks), karat gold, montgomery alabama, brooch

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Kinlock wedding ring, grandmother, wedding band
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Kinlock wedding ring, grandmother, wedding band, wedding ring

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lab Tests for Turquoise, Lapis, Quartz, question and answer
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lab Tests for Turquoise, Lapis, Quartz, question and answer

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Necklace, platinum ring, radii
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Necklace, platinum ring, radii, google

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you please tell me the Year, Manufacture, and Value of neat 9c Gold Link with Heart Bracelet?, birmingham uk, goldsmith
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you please tell me the Year, Manufacture, and Value of neat 9c Gold Link with Heart Bracelet?, birmingham uk, goldsmith, initials

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re:patented clasp with Aquamarine gem, jewelry designers, ballou
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re:patented clasp with Aquamarine gem, jewelry designers, ballou, morehouse

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: found a ring, fortune teller, small diamonds
fortune teller, small diamonds, hi amy: Hi Amy , Lucky you , see if the ring has any markings to indicate its silver or gold even if it appears tarnished it could be a chemical treatment to appear that way ., if no markings then chances that the stones are not as you think they could be ( diamond...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold finish on guitar hardware, guitar hardware, gold paint
guitar hardware, gold paint, crafts stores: Michael, you make me very happy. I often do not get to see the results of my advice or hear back from those for whom I answer. Thanks for the picture..looks great to me. You got creative with the addition of the topcoat and from what you said, it works....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold karat marks (not mfg marks), united arab emirates, karat jewelry
united arab emirates, karat jewelry, middle eastern countries: Paul, I am back and to apologize for the delay. I wanted to check the products and hallmarks I could find for producers of high karat jewelry items. Unfortunately, the extra time searching still leave the doors wide open. I gave it fair shot, even if this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold jewerly, gold jewerly, black rhodium
gold jewerly, black rhodium, durable paint: Steve, thanks for this question. You ask how to give gold an antique appearance. In fact, most gold rings present a difficult problem in providing a natural looking antique look. The most natural form of antique finish is that done by nature over much...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold plating with cyanide, gold plating solution, gold plating kit
gold plating solution, gold plating kit, sure what type: Ellyn- this is gold plating solution and does have a trace of cyanide element, not enough to kill you,(ha!)unless you breath it for a long period of time, however, you should definitely only use it in a well vented area and make sure you do not breath the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring dipped in white gold???, white gold jewelry, gold plating solution
white gold jewelry, gold plating solution, gold wedding ring: Brenda, thanks for this timely question. This is timely because many women are now wanting the white look and want to know how to get that with their yellow rings. Actually, yellow gold is beginning a slight recovery in the trends of fashion and we may see...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: grand ma's jewerly, braclet, anniversary gift
braclet, anniversary gift, differance: Hello Cynthia and thank you for your inquiry. It is possible your bracelet is sterling and maybe European. I would have difficulty identifying the mark without a visual, but I have listed below a hallmark site that you might find useful in comparing your mark...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hall of Providence expansion bracelet, heart locket, expansion bracelet
heart locket, expansion bracelet, jewelry books: Hello Robert and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to locate any information for this mark. It may refer to Providence RI since the bulk of jewelry manufacturing in America was/is done there. The pieces look to be from the 1940 s early 1950...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark on silver bracelet, diamond shape, demello
diamond shape, demello, silver bracelet: I m sorry over the internet this isn t enough information. I would need to examine the piece. Sterling is 925 not 92.5. I m sorry I m not fammiliar with the hallmark. Thanks for writing, Good Luck !! Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: heirloom aquamarine w/star center, angle cuts, filigree rings
angle cuts, filigree rings, retail jewelry: Thank You Lori, It might not be a bad idea to have an appraiser evaluate the ring. If your ever in my area Look me up. Thanks for writing Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying my ring, diamond chip, diamond size
diamond chip, diamond size, gold star: Hi Tracey, Everything You Assumed is correct !! You get the gold star!! The bad new is that that Im not sure of the hallmark. It is possible the hallmark is: db which is actualy a d and a b If it is it stands for Dolan & Bullock. Possibaly this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Insurance for my diamond engagement ring, diamond engagement ring, home owners insurance
diamond engagement ring, home owners insurance, jewelry insurance: Angela Most people submit their appraisal from their local jeweler to their home owners insurance co. as a separate rider on their policy. Depending on your insurance, this would cost from 1.00-2.00/ thousand IM not in the insurance business and cant offer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jade Ring, jewelry hallmarks, jade ring
jewelry hallmarks, jade ring, demello: Many rings can be worth twice their gold value!! I m sorry I cant help you with the hallmark. You may find it in some of the hallmark publications posted on the web. Try searching jewelry hallmarks through Google. Good Luck !! Arthur DeMello GG (GIA)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelery Repair, jewelery repair, bench jeweler
jewelery repair, bench jeweler, jewelery store: A.J., I am not an appraiser but items are listed as to condition. A chain with several repairs would very likely be valued less than one in newer or less worn and not having been repaired condition. I hope this helps. follow-up as you may need to. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry Purchase, peridot stone, mark ups
peridot stone, mark ups, jewelry purchase: Lisa Ok thanks for the clarification. Here is the actual cost of the item: .68cts round diamonds in a 18kt white gold ring approx. 50 diamonds each approx. .0125cts for a total wt of .68cts with G-color SI-1 clarity diamonds $ 680.00 2cts peridot...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry cleaning, black hills gold, antique jewelry
black hills gold, antique jewelry, 14kt gold: Anne is it a black hills gold ring? if you know? you can try a combination of whisk deteregent ammonia and water ...3 parts water 2 parts ammonia and one part whisk let it soak and rinse under warm water you may also use a very soft tooth brush but do not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Kinlock wedding ring, jewelery manufacturers, new york library
jewelery manufacturers, new york library, additional books: Hello Renee and thank you for your followup - That s great that you did find some additional information. Sometimes all it takes is a little digging. There may be some additional books in the library on Scottish jewelers - also concentrate on Daniel Ladd....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lab Tests for Turquoise, Lapis, Quartz, turquoise howlite, polariscope
turquoise howlite, polariscope, gemologist: Hi Ella, Is this a gemological lab that gives you access to a polariscope, refractometer, Chelsea filter, microscope and other gemological tools? Acids should not be needed for any gem ID by a trained gemologist. So, my next question is, does the lab...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: MAKERS MARK OE, jewelry appraiser, insurance value
jewelry appraiser, insurance value, antique jewelry: Hello Tiffany and thank you for your inquiry. I am not an expert in orientalia and would advise you to have your necklace professionally appraised by an estate jewelry appraiser. Not only for your own information but for possible insurance value. Pieces like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Making engraved/etched jewelry, sterling silver sheet, base metals
sterling silver sheet, base metals, breakneck pace: Kimberly, thanks for the question. You are wise in not choosing to do the electroplate work at home. The solutions are toxic and care must be used in the work while preventing contact with the stuff by others or pets. I believe the least costly way to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking in ring, white gold rings, demello
white gold rings, demello, exact location: Hi Tanille, The AC is a hall mark for a manufacture in the US. I think they are located in NY but I m not sure of their name or exact location. I see this hallmark on many Platinum and white gold rings in the New York area Thanks for writing, Sincerely,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Metal Quality Markings - I think :), portobello rd, metal quality
portobello rd, metal quality, quality ring: Leigh, the marks you describe sound very much like the standard marks used in jewelry in the UK. I suspect the skull is a lions face, facing and a tad more narrow than a lion would actually look. The lion facing leftward is a mark for sterling silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Micro pave ring, is it durable, actual diamond sizes, tiny diamonds
actual diamond sizes, tiny diamonds, micro designs: Vickie, thanks for this very timely question. WHAT IS MICRO PAVÉ The term “micro pave” refers to the current style of jewelry where multitudes of small stones are set into the jewelry. Pavé in a literal sense means paved, paved with stones as an old...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mineral Identification, mineral identification, craig
mineral identification, craig, arthur: Hi Craig, We cant do a mineral Identification by photo nor can we do that on this forum. I am able only to answer specific questions. Fell free to ask me any question and I will try to answer them best I can. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mothers ring, bench jeweler, mothers ring
bench jeweler, mothers ring, best contact: Karen, the best contact would be a local jeweler who does custom work. Making something special designed for you from your metal is certainly custom work. You should find the places doing that work. Often phone books are the first place to start followed...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mail-in ring resizing, diamond wholesaler, university hts
diamond wholesaler, university hts, jewelers inc: Staci- Send me your ring and we will size it for you, I just need to know the exact size, 9 3/4 - 10 are two different sizes.... if you have picture of the ring I can quote you a price, if not send it to me and I will call you. ARK Jewelers Inc 13880...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mans gold ring, city of newark, diamond shape
city of newark, diamond shape, diamond mark: Hello Brian and thank you for your inquiry. The only company I have been able to find that uses the initial W inside a diamond shape is E. M. Weinberg & Company in Newark, New Jersey c. 1904-1910. They did specialize in rings. There was no other information...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on a ring, assay office, linda linda
assay office, linda linda, hallmarks: Linda, I am not an expert on hallmarks however your do appear to be of the United Kingdom sort, i.e. British. I suspect the ring is 18karat. And this is one of the shortest answers I have written to date. : ) Without seeing the marks by having the jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on my ring, exact construction, jewelry appraiser
exact construction, jewelry appraiser, gemologist: Hello Tracey and thank you for your inquiry. The letters J and H could be the manufacture/designer name although I have been unable to locate these particular initials in my resources. The 18CT PLAT is probably 18Ct Gold Plate BUT could also be Platinum {PLAT)....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on ring, pure gold, white gold
pure gold, white gold, april 14: Chris, the markings for the most part are not understandable without the ring in my hand. I do not try to search makers marks since the chase is generally fruitless among the thousands of marks out there. The number 375 likely means 9 karat, since that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: matte silver, dangerous chemicals, sandblaster
dangerous chemicals, sandblaster, boric acid: Yvette, unfortunately I know of no way to protect the wonderful white matte of fine silver. Well, there are ways but likely not acceptable. The best of those ways would be a clear spray finish such as horn lacquer. Horn lacquer is what is used on metal musical...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Necklace, silver content, precious metal
silver content, precious metal, gold: Hello Nathan and thank you for your inquiry. The number 226 does not stand for any metal or combination that I can find in my resources so I believe it is the design number of the item. You would need to know the manufacturer before you could determine anything...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: necklace, bench jeweler, jewelry work
bench jeweler, jewelry work, jewelry store: Laura, on British items which were gold, a crown and a karat mark were used until 1975. I cannot find a reference for a single crown. The lion is generally a mark for sterling. I suspect the crown is a symbol representing some manufacturer. I suggest...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ? about a number marking on ring., sterling silver, ring two
sterling silver, ring two, gold: crystal, I need to see a photo of the stamp and the ring to try and guess what this is...you are right 925 is sterling silver, are you sure you are reading correctly and the 6 is not a 5 which has been worn out?? that is possible is the ring two tone? you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal maker's mark, small diamonds, keady
small diamonds, keady, jeweller: Dear pat , these are always very difficult as they are usually as you correctly pointed out the makers mark.If the ring was made in the town where you live , you have a better chance of knowing what it means as the jeweller there no doubt puts his mark on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal Necklace, something dark, keady
something dark, keady, different light: Hi Angela , thanks for your question . What a nice piece ! It looks very much like it is from Coober Pedy in South Australia. Are there any other clues ,? like when you turn the pendant over , are there any other type of colour or rock colour ? if not ,its...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old charm bracelet, charm bracelets, old charm
charm bracelets, old charm, silver gold: Thank you for your inquiry. I would have to know what context is the 30 used - inside the bracelet or outside - could it be a monogram ? I have no manufacturer with those initials written as SR . Also you would need to know if the item is silver, gold or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old locket, jewelry company, browser address
jewelry company, browser address, lockets: Hello Heather and thank you for your inquiry. The lockets are probably more modern pieces produced by 1928 jewelry company. They are still in business and below is their website. You might be able to find your items listed there or inquire further of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: oriental gold 24k, ruby stone, savings insurance
ruby stone, savings insurance, tourist market: Michael, in some countries where gold is considered a good property since it has value even when currency may not or when a person must travel to another home with little warning, jewelry is high karat to partially serve that purpose as a savings insurance...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: palladium wedding band, solitaire diamond, color distribution
solitaire diamond, color distribution, small diamonds: Mandi! Congratulations on your engagement....Yes you can have the brushed finish removed by polishing the metal down, however, if the brushed finish is florentined which is a deeper finish it may be difficult to remove it all, have a jeweler take a look and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what is my pin worth, small diamonds, selling cars
small diamonds, selling cars, demello: Hi Ray, We cant do appraisals on this forum, Sorry Only specific questions. Legally we need to see the item to do appraisals. Thanks for writing Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum, platinum metal, platinum ring
platinum metal, platinum ring, diamond solitaire: Dear Carol, first of all, I am sorry about the problems you experienced with the dainty platinum ring. Let’s see if I can help you understand what is happening. First of all, platinum does wear better than gold. However, this does not mean it stays...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you please tell me the Year, Manufacture, and Value of neat 9c Gold Link with Heart Bracelet?, heart clasp, heart bracelet
heart clasp, heart bracelet, gold link: Hello Jen and thank you for your inquiry. The 9c and 375 would be British for 9 karat gold. I have not been able to locate the B&S exact hallmark but have listed below a hallmark site that may help you identify your mark: http://www.925-1000.com/foreign_marks.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: project for college, college question, madrid spain
college question, madrid spain, spanish student: Paula, take all the time you need to get back with me. We can always to to email if we need to do that. The Robert Wooding books are apparently the most popular. Others are out there including this one I have not read or reviewed. The problem with this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: another question about cracked opals!, little opal, best regard
little opal, best regard, opal ring: Hi Tara , what a shame your stone is cracked . The windscreen epoxy and or opticon is probably not suitable for a ring stone , as rings receive much shock from general wear.Its ok on something like a pendant piece. Im afraid you need to remove it from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re-polishing an opal?, bench jeweler, colored gemstones
bench jeweler, colored gemstones, jewelry work: Cathy, thanks for this question about polishing the opal in your grandmother’s ring. How well the work can be done depends on whether the stone can be easily removed from the ring. Often with a surround of colored gemstones, the setting for the opal should...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removal of siler plate, bon ami, abrasive powder
bon ami, abrasive powder, silver plate: Hello David and thank you for your inquiry. Sterling tarnish removers and abrasives are also used to remove silver plate and that is the only way I know to remove it. Unfortunately, you may also remove some of the design when you remove the silver plate. I...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing a ring, bench jeweler, mary mary
bench jeweler, mary mary, misgivings: Mary, I know a few jewelers in my area and a very few elsewhere who to bench work. The bench jeweler is the one who actually does sizing, etc. Unfortunately, without having your ring in hand I cannot determine if the work may be done safely or if the jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Markings, 18k white gold, gold band
18k white gold, gold band, demello: It seems that part of the 18K got buffed out. There is no 8K so it has to be 18K and Plat. Both 18K and Plat. Most of the time this means a Platinum prong head and an 18K white gold or yellow gold band. Hope this helps. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring maker, dimond, jeweler
dimond, jeweler, jewelers: Jeremy, I am sorry but I don t know any jewelers in Colorado. You need to look for a jeweler advertising custom work , meaning they make jewelry from scratch if need be. Go by the shop and look at some of what they have made and talk to them about the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby necklace charm, bohemian garnet jewelry, ruby necklace
bohemian garnet jewelry, ruby necklace, great grandmother: Hello Jodi and thank you for your inquiry. Your piece looks like it could be Bohemian garnets. It is difficult to tell from the picture but it resembles some designs I have seen. I would have it examined by a gemologist or jeweler to determine if these are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby ring, salvage value, ruby ring
salvage value, ruby ring, gemni: Hello Caroline, If you have insured this ring, I would first contact the insurance company and place a damage claim for the insured value of your ring. You should have a buy back option which will allow you to purchase your damaged stone/ring at salvage...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: raymond weil, raymond weil tosca, diamond dial
raymond weil tosca, diamond dial, small diamonds: Hello Wayne and thank you for your inquiry. I am not an expert on watches but can advise you to check online at the Raymond Weil Company site or possibly email them for information on the serial or design number to find out the year it was produced. There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re:patented clasp with Aquamarine gem, jewelry appraiser, us patents
jewelry appraiser, us patents, ballpark idea: Hello Sharon and thank you for your inquiry. Fascinating that you found the patent number ! Did the patent information give the names of the company that applied for the patent ? That may give you some additional research information. In order to establish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: restoring an opal, luster shine, lapidarist
luster shine, lapidarist, opal ring: Sharon The opal is most likely scratched from wear and tear, it should be repolished but you never told me how large the stone is so it may not be worthwhile, Opal as you know is a very soft stone and scratches easily over time, it can happen in the jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: restoring an opal, luster shine, airborne dust
luster shine, airborne dust, opal ring: Sharon, I almost started my gemstone experience with opals. I consider these gems at the top of my favorites list. Yes, there is something which may be done. The hardness of opal is not so hard as the microscopic silica stuff in airborne dust and this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, scott kay, costume ring
scott kay, costume ring, dear debbie: Dear Debbie, From what you have told me, my first thought is that the ring is costume and the mark 825 is likely a makers style number or something similar. The mark for sterling is 925 and if gold 825 would be 19.8 karat, almost 20k which is doubtful....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My ring's description, point diamonds, small diamonds
point diamonds, small diamonds, gold ring: HI PAULINE, YOU GOT IT MOSTLY RIGHT. 14KW IS 14 KARAT WHITE GOLD. D1/10 DIAMONDS IN THE RING ARE 10 AND THE DIAMONDS ARE 1 POINT DIAMONDS. CH-S BAND IS A STYLE FOR A WEDDING BAND NOT AN ENGAGEMENT RING. WHERE YOU GOT THIS RING SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring marking, face side, demello
face side, demello, google: Hi Iris, Thanks for writing!! I know this is a Hallmark or makers mark. Unfortunately there are as many makers as there are these initials. Try searching the jewelry hallmark publications through google. Good Luck, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring marking, professional fire fighter, gold content
professional fire fighter, gold content, hge: Hello Michael and thank you for your inquiry. The HGE means hard/heavy gold electroplate. The ring has thin layer of 18K gold eletroplated onto a hard base metal. The dark area may be where someone tried to test it for gold content or it could be where it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Securing a invisible setting ring, 18k white gold, invisible settings
18k white gold, invisible settings, ebay: Kitt We no longer sell invisible settings simply the diamonds always fall out from normal wear and tear and if you size the ring more than one will certainly be compromised. You cannot GLUE the diamond in the ring unless you want a haze over the diamond,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Semi-Precious Stones, semi precious stone, semi precious stones
semi precious stone, semi precious stones, rough stones: HI KAMRAN, I M ACTUALLY FROM DETROIT AND LIVE IN ALASKA NOW. I LIVED IN THAILAND FOR YEARS AND BOUGHT MANY SEMI-PRECIOUS AND ROUGH STONES FROM PAKISTAN AND IRAN. I REALLY DON T REQUIRE ANY STONES RIGHT NOW, I HAVE PLENTY AND SOME OF THE BEST ARE FROM PAKISTAN....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver pin from Russia, zebra jasper, jewelry appraiser
zebra jasper, jewelry appraiser, jewelry category: Hello Janice and thank you for your inquiry. It is difficult to give any actual value information without examining an item, especially stone identification. As far as hallmarks go, below is a site that has world hallmark listings that you can compare with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamping requirements in gold rings, demello, gold jewelry
demello, gold jewelry, gold rings: Dear Beverly, Is there any part of your question that you feel I may have answered poorly to receive such a low score. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) I m sorry I m not familliar with this lab. The US is does not require stamping of gold.. Thanks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Ring, sterling ring, 7 stones
sterling ring, 7 stones, demello: Normally they dont put diamonds in Sterling but always have them tested. Never assume. See if a Jeweler or Gemologist can do this for you. Thanks for writing, Good Luck !! Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling my ring, graduate gemologists, independent appraisers
graduate gemologists, independent appraisers, concord street: I m Sorry I dont know of anyone exclusive to Western Mass. My nearest office to you is in Framingham at 945 Concord Street from Rte 30 off the Mass Pike. Office hours are from 9-5PM Mon - Friday. Call if I can be of service. (508)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stimulated diamonds, simulated diamonds, genuine diamonds
simulated diamonds, genuine diamonds, synthetic diamonds: Thanks for your question. Most of the stones that are marketed as simulated diamonds are cubic zirconia. These are very inexpensive and most any source will offer high quality as they are very consistent. If you want to buy diamonds that are man-made,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: synthetic diamonds and fine gems, synthetic diamonds, natural diamonds
synthetic diamonds, natural diamonds, synthetic diamond: Thanks for the question Josie! Both synthetic diamonds and natural diamonds are pure carbon. The only element in their chemical composition is carbon. Also, structurally they are identical. That is, the number and type of bonds between atoms are identical...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tight fitting silver ring., ring mandrel, thick band
ring mandrel, thick band, piece of silver: Kevin, thanks for the question. It sounds like the silver ring needs to be enlarged a little. How much? Your finger would need to be measured to know for certain how much sizing is needed but if only an uncomfortably snug fit, you might get away with 1/4...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: An tiqueGold and Onyx Broach, onyx jewelry, victorian jewelry
onyx jewelry, victorian jewelry, online auctions: Hello Suzanne and thank you for your inquiry. Your brooch appears to be late Victorian in design. Onyx with a single stone setting was popular in late Victorian jewelry. I can t really tell you much about the pin assembly without seeing it. Does it have any...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: type of stone, gemological institute of america, gemologist
gemological institute of america, gemologist, language barrier: hello Lara... the difficulty to identify your stone is that there are so many that can be that color... I won t mention glass... it does look very beautiful... the best way to find out is to find a gemologist in your area...try calling the gemological Institute...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unplating silver or other off of gold, gold jewerly, types of compounds
gold jewerly, types of compounds, sparex: Not sure what happened here....what was the coin made of? silver sterling or base metal brass??? the chlorine or ammonia reacted with the coin metal and left a residue on your gold jewelry....it CAN be polished or placed in Sparex which is a cleaner for gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White gold Discoloration due to tanning?, gold diamond ring, 18k white gold
gold diamond ring, 18k white gold, nickel silver: Vanessa 18kt or 14kt white gold, over time, will start to show the yellow gold that it is made from when the rhodium finish which is a plating of Platinum wears off, white gold is made from yellow gold and mixed with alloys such as nickel, silver etc....to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my wedding ring, gold wedding ring, yellow gold wedding ring
gold wedding ring, yellow gold wedding ring, electrical application: Suranne Yes this can be done it is called Rhodium Finish and is a process which uses very expensive solution call Rhodium and electrical application, the cost today for a ring would be 25-75.00 depending who and where does it for you. It will last anywhere...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: From what year and value: 9c Brittish Gold Bracelet?, heart clasp, gold link
heart clasp, gold link, demello: Hi Jen, It seems to be marked nine carat. I can not do valuations without examination by law. I can only answer general questions without valuations. I so sorry, Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K Gold Meda China, e mail address, ring guards
e mail address, ring guards, question text: Gail, I am back. Stacy graciously got back with me. Yes, she did get a real bargain since jewelers tested the rings and the conclusion was 14k white gold. There you are! God Bless and Peace. Thomas. May 29, 2008 6:35pm ----------------------------------------------------------------...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 1914 Wedding Band, ladies jewelry, diamond jewelry
ladies jewelry, diamond jewelry, wedding band: Hello Karen and thank you for your inquiry. Your RB is probably the manufacturer and could be R.B. & Co. from Attleboro, Mass. They produced a general line of ladies jewelry from approx 1893. The owners were H.T. Regnell and I.A. Bigney and C. O. Sweet. They...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 2 Wedding bands, gold content, michael levy
gold content, michael levy, designer manufacturer: Hello Deborah and 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. The PAT could stand for a shortened version of Patented or Patent applied for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Alexender Stone, google search, birthstone for june
google search, birthstone for june, russian material: Hello Rajesh, I am assuming you are referring to the gemstone Alexandrite. A google search will produce much information regarding Alexandrite. The most prized Alexandrite came from Russia, but that mine is no longer producing. There is still Alexandrite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Ring & Hallmark?, european jewelry, england mark
european jewelry, england mark, antique ring: Hello Brian and thank you for your inquiry. The only mark with an anchor on its side that I know of is the Birmingham England mark. However, I can find no K mark. Is it in a box or a shield ? 9ct gold was frequently used in European jewelry. You might...