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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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Niessing Jewellery

Niessing tells a story that I feel belongs in my gallery.Originally founded in Vreden, Germany 140 years ago, Niessing began as a workshop for devotional objects and eventually wedding rings and more. Today they are known to be a top German jewelry designer. In 1979 the Niessing designers invented the Tension Ring and have patented other designs that not only appeal to the wearer, but are innovative and thrive over the test of time. These designs contain a balance between skillful craftsmanship and contemporary technology. Personally, I love Niessing because of its creative and playful style. It compliments my own way of working and designing for my clients. Available in a variety of precious metals a Niessing ring is spectacular. Just...

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Exclusive Ring for Auction at UNICEF Canada Auction

Davidson Jewelers believes in giving back, and is donating a fantastic piece, made in 18k rose gold, set with 8 diamonds. This piece is valued at $1,800, and all the proceeds will be provided to UNICEF.UNICEF Canada is a humanitarian organization committed to saving children's lives around the globe with donations from sponsors in all over Canada.On Saturday, October 3rd in Calgary, UNICEF is hosting a spectacular gala with auction items, culinary delights, and entertainment for the guests. More than 700 million people lack potable drinking water all over the world, and UNICEF is leading initiatives to bring this necessary element to children all over the world. With your donation, attendance, and bidding on this and many other auction items,...

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