Month: May 2016

7 Types Of Gemstone Ring Setting Styles

download (16)Gemstone rings are elegant looking and make great wedding or engagement rings. They come in different setting styles; therefore, you have many options to choose from. The different setting styles of gemstone rings include:

Prong setting

It’s the most common and classic ring setting. A prong is simply a little metal claw that grips the gemstone tightly thus holding it in place. Prongs can be pointed, flat, V-shaped or rounded. Most of the rings with this setting feature four or six prongs. The cool thing with this setting is that there is little presence of the metal; therefore, plenty of gemstone is visible. This allows more light to pass through the gemstone thus making it more brilliant.

Three stone ring setting

The three stone ring setting is common with gemstone rings. The setting represents the couple’s past, present, and future. To make the setting interesting, in most of the cases, the two smaller stones are of a different gem while the larger center stone is that of your choice. If you don’t want to attract a lot of attention to your ring, use identical gems.

Bezel setting

The setting is very popular with people leading active lives. These include teachers, nurses and other professionals that use their hands most of the time. Instead of the prongs holding the gemstone, the setting encircles the gem thus protecting it from not only getting lost but also from damage. The setting can be partial or complete. A full bezel completely surrounds the gem while a partial bezel leaves the sides open.

Figural setting

This is a decorative setting that comes in different designs that involve different shapes including oval, pear, and marquise. From its name, this setting aims at creating different figures and objects such as flowers, leaves, and animals. When making the purchase, choose one that fits your personality.

Cluster setting style

From its name, this is a setting that “clusters” the gemstones tightly together in order to make them look like one large gemstone. The manufacturer can include one larger center stone or use many small stones of equal sizes.

Right-hand setting style

Contrary to popular believe, this setting isn’t the one that uses the right hand. The setting represents any creative ring design that makes use of geometric elements, filigree details, elaborate patterns and other beautifully done accents.

Flush setting

Also known as gypsy setting, this setting sets the gemstone in a drilled hole so that the ring sits “flush” with the band of the ring. The setting is ideal if you are looking for a man’s wedding ring as the stone sits securely in place thus it’s protected from damage and falling out.

Conclusion

These are some of the common setting styles. When making the purchase you should note that different styles have different characteristics thus ideal for different applications. In addition to considering the setting of the ring, also consider the cut, clarity, flaws, and color. Also, consider the jewelry store you are buying from. As rule of thumb ensure that you buy from a reputable store.

 

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Pearls in the USA

download (15)On the 4th of July, we celebrate the birth of America’s independence. What better time to focus our attention on our great nation? Here some stories about pearls and pearl jewelry in the American history which you may not know about.

Native Americans and Pearls

The Native Americans were the first to discover freshwater pearls in America. They found the gems inside the unionid mussels in the Mississippi River, as well as the American mother of pearl in the South Atlantic Coast. The Native Americans took pride in their pearl harvesting techniques and pearls became a symbol of beauty, both for men and women. Pearls were also a trading commodity, as the colonial settlers found out.

Pearls were used during ceremonial celebrations to pay tribute to great warriors. According to legend, Powhatan, Pocahontas’ father, had an extensive collection of pearls given to him for his courageous acts during battle.

When the colonial settlers found that there was an abundance of pearls, they started to export the gems in masses to Europe, and America soon became one of the primary sources of freshwater pearls in the world.

Pearls and Mussels of Mississippi

The 1800’s saw a pearl rush in the Upper Mississippi River region, unlike anything is seen before. Freshwater pearls were abundant in native mussels, and during the rush, millions of mussels were killed.

In 1889, the German button maker, Johann Böpple, started making buttons from mussel shells. This increased mussel harvesting rush even further. By 1899, there were around sixty button factories in the Mississippi River Valley with thousands of workers. Over 21,000 tons of shells were harvested that year. In 1922, the freshwater mussel fishing was one of the biggest and most profitable inland fisheries in America. But the industry started to decline rapidly in 1930, again due to overexploitation, and in some places the mussel beds were literally wiped out. Natural pearls are rarely found in the US anymore.

Father of US Pearl Culturing

With natural pearls harvested to extinction and the recent birth of pearl culturing, new doors opened for the pearl industry. John Latendresse pioneered the culturing industry in America, and was fittingly given the title of the “Father of US pearl culturing”.

In the early days, the quality of cultured pearls was still substandard. Latendresse spent over 30 years experimenting with pearl farming and invested more time, money, and energy into pearl farming than any American before or after him did. He opened America’s first pearl farm in 1963 in the Tennessee region, and in the late 70’s after he perfected his cultivating process, he opened another four pearl farms. Due to his success, the pearl became the “State gem” of Tennessee.

La Peregrina: the Wandering Pearl

La Peregrina only spent a brief time in America, but its history is nonetheless quite memorable, which is why we decided to share it with you. La Peregrina is the Spanish word for “Pilgrim” or “Wanderer”.

The story began more than 500 years ago. The size of a quail egg, the spectacular pearl was originally found by an African slave on the coast of the isle of Santa Margarita in the Gulf of Panama during the mid-16th century. Back then, the Spanish trained their slaves to dive for pearls while holding their breath. The slave who found La Peregrina traded his freedom for the pearl.

As Panama was a Spanish colony at the time, La Peregrina soon became part of the Spanish crown jewels under the rule of King Ferdinand (1479 – 1516). During his rule, King Philip II sent the pearl to Mary I of England (also called Mary Tudor and Bloody Mary). After her death, the pearl was returned to Spain where it remained part of crown jewels for 250 years. The last Spanish queen to wear the pearl was Mariana of Austria. When she died in 1644, the documents regarding the pearl got lost and so did the pearl. It reappeared again in 1813.

After Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Spain in 1808, he placed Joseph Bonaparte on the throne. When Joseph later had to flee for his life, he took some of the jewelry with, including La Peregrina. Joseph immigrated to America and then passed the pearl on to his nephew, Charles. Before Charles died in 1873, he sold it to the Brit, Lord James Hamilton, the Marques of Abercorn. The pearl stayed in the Abercorn family for over 100 years.

In 1969, La Peregrina was put on auction and was purchased by Richard Burton for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, for $37,000. They had the necklace redesigned by Cartier as the former setting was starting to fall apart. Elizabeth wore La Peregrina in two of her films, one with the old setting, and the other with the new design. After her death in 2011, the necklace was sold to a private buyer from Asia at an auction for a whopping $11.8 million, way above the asking price.

 

Buy Citizen Watches Online At the Best Prices

download (14)Citizen with its creativity wins the hearts of many. The brand combines advanced architectures with modern designs that embrace the wrists of the generation. From the beginning, it has been maintaining its core essence – ‘Better Starts Now’ to design magnificent timepieces.

What makes the brand different from other manufacturers is it offers timepieces that are packed with fine features at very affordable ranges. If you are heading to purchase Citizen Watches online, you need to take care of some issues that lead you towards a profitable buying. The content deals with Citizen watches and their technologies.

CA0125-07E:

This watch breaks the conventional boundary and offers a new-age timepiece. More than just being a watch, it offers features like chronograph, date display, and luminous hands markers.

Citizen has changed the face of the timekeeping world by introducing Eco-Drive technology – the mechanic eliminates the need for the battery since it is powered by the energy of light source, both artificial and natural lights.

With a 45 mm black case dial that has come with a touch of eye-catching yellow, this timepiece is designed for men’s fashion.

CA0024-55A:

This timepiece conveys the individuality of the brand through its simple yet creative gesture. The 43mm white colored dial is decorated with three sub dials and it is enclosed with a rose gold bezel.

This timepiece is made of titanium that gives you a sense of superior craftsmanship on your wrist. It is designed with Eco-Drive technology.

BM8475-26E:

The 42mm black colored dial simply gets a stunning look with its red numerals and hands. The black dial maintains a balancing touch with its subtle architecture. The dial is rounded with a black bezel and the architecture gets finished with a brown leather strap.

A date displaying window at a 3 o’clock position does not disturb its simple look. This watch can be your all-occasion timepiece that goes with your every mood. This watch elevates men’s fashion in a handsome way.

EP5991-57D:

The turquoise colored dial celebrates women’s fashion by bringing out their true freedom spirit. The 32mm dial is enhanced with silver-tone hands and indexes. The dial of the model is surrounded by a stainless steel bezel that is attached with a stainless steel strap.

It embraces the wrists of women gloriously. Since refurbished and counterfeited watches are covering the market, you should buy your watch from the certified online partner of the brand only.

Citizen combines technology and architecture together to craft its watches. The technologies like Eco-Drive, Satellite-Wave and other advancements bring out the creative gesture of the brand.

The author of the content has a deep knowledge in the field of watch-making. Citizen is one of his favourite watch brands and he loves to explore its technology and craftsmanship.

 

Guide To Amethyst Rings

download (13)Amethyst rings are beautiful, hard units that require minimal care. You can buy them as engagement or wedding rings. When buying the units you need to be careful for you to buy the right units.

Guide to buying amethyst rings

One of the factors that you should consider when making the purchase is the hue of the ring. Iron is what gives the ring its purple hue. The shade varies from pale reddish-violet to medium violet and it’s up to you to buy the right one that fits your preference. If interested in valuable units, go with those that are deep purple with blue, red and blue flashes.

Another factor that you should consider is the clarity of the ring. A good quality amethyst should be transparent. When you hold the ring in light, the light should flawlessly pass through the ring. A good quality ring should be clear and shouldn’t contain inclusions. The ring also shouldn’t have nicks or scratches. When making the purchase carefully go through the ring and ensure that the edges are secure. They shouldn’t be loose or sharp. There also shouldn’t be any chips.

You also should be cautious of where you buy from. Before you part with your money take your time to research and ensure that the jeweler you are buying from is reputable. If buying online take your time to read online reviews of the jeweler. As rule of thumb avoid a seller with a bad reputation.

How to take care of amethyst rings

Taking care of amethyst rings is easy as it’s an issue of common sense. When you wear the ring, it’s common for soap, oil and dirt to collect between the prongs and the stone mounting. Dirt and oils dull the ring thus reducing its brilliance. To get rid of the dust and oil you should clean the ring with a soft brush and dishwashing liquid. If you love exercising you should be cautious that you don’t damage your ring during exercises. The best way of going about is removing the ring when exercising.

It’s common for jewelers to enhance the look of the rings by exposing them to heat. One of the most common jewelries that is often treated by heat is yellow amethyst. The unit turns yellow when exposed to heat. When you expose the treated units to heat for long they tend to fade thus losing their great look. To maintain the great look of the units avoid exposing them to high heat.

Just like with other pieces of jewelry, you need to be cautious of how you store your amethyst rings. As rule of thumb never store the jewelry in piles. This is to protect the jewelry from getting scratched.

It’s recommended that you soak the units in order to get rid of the accumulated dirt and dust in the ring but you shouldn’t over do it. This is to protect the stone from damage. You also should avoid using toothpaste to clean your ring. While it might remove the dirt, toothpaste may mar the shine of the ring.