Monthly Archives: April 2013

The 4 C’s – Clarity

Clarity The clarity grade of a diamond is assigned by trained professionals, based on their visual examination of the gemstone under 10 power magnification. The size, location, number and color of inclusions all impact on the clarity grade. Some ask, “If you can’t see it why is it important.” To answer this question properly we […]

Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Chinese Cultured Pearls Pollution problems in Japan’s Biwa lake have lead to ever increasing demand for Chinese cultured pearls. Pearl farming in China dates to the mid 60’s. Until recently most of the pearls were of a low quality. Recently, pearl production and quality have advanced significantly. The typical freshwater mollusk is nucleated with 30 […]

Care and Cleaning of Your Jewelry

Care: Separate your jewelry.  Place individual items in compartmentalized areas within your jewelry box or in separate containers such as plastic zip lock bags.  Remove all jewelry before showering.  Soap will form a film on your jewelry. Put jewelry on after applying makeup or cosmetics. Chemicals in these substances can dull the shine of gold […]

History of Bracelets

The earliest bracelets date back to around 2500 BC and were worn by the Sumerians in southern Mesopatamia. Bracelets, necklaces, anklets, finger rings and ear rings made the women of Sumer into show windows of their husband’s prosperity. Bracelets were found in the tombs of Ur where it was customary to bury royalty with their […]