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The Mystique and Beauty of Pearls

Pearl, June's birthstone, is a gem that is readily identifiable. Associated with royalty and the rich, pearl necklaces, pearl rings, and pearl earrings, as well as clothing with lines of pearls stitched into them, have been worn for centuries by queens, diplomats, and movie stars. There are two kinds of pearls, natural pearls and cultured pearls.  Natural pearls are found through pearl hunting, an activity that no longer exists. Pearls are created inside mollusks that live in the sea. Beds of mollusks would be identified and scooped up from the ocean bottom. Unfortunately, not every mollusk contains a pearl. The creation of a pearl occurs by chance in nature. Therefore, even if a few hundred mollusks were uprooted, the pearl...

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July's Birthstone is the Fiery Red Ruby

Buying the perfect gift for a loved one can be pure torture. It can sometimes be incredibly confusing to decide what to give them. Depending on the occasion, jewelry is always a gift that will fit the bill. However, it's important to realize and understand that not all pieces are created equal. Adding a bit of individuality and meaning to the jewelry will make it stand out, and make the person receiving it touched and honored that such a special piece was given to them. Giving someone a piece of jewelry with their very own birthstone included is definitely a perfect type of gift. Included below are some facts about the ruby birthstone, which is the gem associated with those...

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August's Warm Green Birthstone is Peridot

Peridot, a variety of olivine, is the designated birthstone for those born oin the month of August. It's an ancient gem that has a color of its own, an olive green.In the past, peridot is frequently confused with other green gems, particularly emeralds. When the stone is viewed under an artificial light, peridot has that beautiful glow of green that emeralds exhibit. Peridot is sometimes referred to as evening emerald.As with other old gemstones, peridot has been included in various myths and legends. Early Egyptian priests believed that drinking from a cup made of peridot would bring them closer to the goddess of nature, Isis. Additionally, pharaohs and queens often used peridot stones to embellish their royal adornments including headdresses along with...

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Silver used in Jewelry

While silver is significantly less valuable than gold, it is like gold in that it is a very soft precious metal. Pure silver is generally too soft to be used for jewelry, flatware or decorations. It is therefore usually combined with an alloy to strengthen it before being crafted into anything. Like gold, silver is graded by how pure it is, with .999 FS (fine silver) being the most valuable. The numbers refer to there being 999 parts of pure silver per thousand parts. Pure or fine silver can be used to make jewelry, and it can sometimes be used for silverplating. To qualify as pure silver, the silver must make up at least 99.9 percent of the metal. Despite...

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How Davidson Jewels Designs and Prototypes Custom Jewelry With 3D Printing

At Davidson Jewels, customization is more than a business plan: it’s a philosophy. This jewelry design studio, based in Calgary, designs and builds custom jewelry and engagement rings, working with clients from concept to final piece to create jewelry that “is as unique as that special person in your life.” The custom jewelry design and development process begins with listening. Once Davidson & Co. has worked to understand a client’s needs, the next step is design. The studio uses computer-aided design (CAD) software and a Formlabs Form 2 3D printer to prototype pieces for clients to test, making sure that the concept and fit are perfect before moving on to source the gemstone and materials from their global suppliers. We interviewed designer Ian...

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