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The Mohs Scale of Hardness

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  Named for the 19th century German mineralogist who created it -- the Mohs scale measures the hardness of minerals. Basically, the 10 point scale gauges the "scratchability" of stones and minerals. It is by no means a balanced scale -- the difference in hardness between 9 (ruby) and 10 (diamond) is greater than the difference between 1 (talc) and 9. A high Mohs rating does not always mean that a gemstone is also tough. The emerald, for example, has a Mohs rating of 7.5-8.0, yet its crystal structure makes it more brittle and prone to cracking and chipping than...

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Fine Jewelry: Accessories for every day

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Men and women today use jewelry to adorn themselves.  They choose jewelry that matches their personalities or occasions.  Wearing jewelry has become a part of our everyday life. A Necklace is the most beautiful way to accessorize your neck.  Necklaces have a long tradition as an amulet for protection.  Today they can be found in a variety of metals, and beads.  Some necklaces contain precious and semi-precious stones, religious symbols, and lockets.  A Pendant often hangs from a necklace.  A pendant can be a gem stone, religious symbol, or any meaningful symbol.  Heart pendants are particularly popular. A Bracelet is...

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Ring Sizer

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Method A – Measure Finger 1. Measure your finger at the end of the day when it is largest. 2. Do not measure cold fingers. 3. Cut out ring sizer and make small slit in end as shown. 4. Wrap around intended finger with numbers facing outward. 5. Pull tightly so it fits snugly for accurate measurement. 6. The number lining up at the slit is the ring size you need. Click to download printable ring sizer (Method A)        Method B – Measure Current Ring 1. Select a ring that fits the intended ring. 2. Place the...

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Men - How to Buy Diamond Jewelry

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The large range of diamond jewelry often makes it very difficult for men to decide what type of jewelry to purchase for their loved ones. Diamonds symbolize love, commitment and friendship, which makes it hard to choose the right piece of jewelry from the large variety of Diamond rings, Diamond earrings, Diamond pendants, Diamond necklaces, Diamond bracelets and of course Loose diamonds- which are always perfect since they can be set in any type of jewelry. We can't choose the perfect diamond jewelry for you but we can help you with 5 easy steps: Step 1- Knowing what she likes:...

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Ring Settings

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Bar Setting: Bar a piece of metal set between gemstones or diamonds or a combination  which holds them securely in place is called a bar.   Bezel Setting: A bezel setting has a metal rim that fits around the gemstone at the circumference and securely holds it in place.   Half Bezel Setting: This setting has the bezel formed as a semi-circle.   Channel Setting: The channel setting is a groove in a metal band that holds a row of stones between two parallel bars. The stones are next to each other without any metal bars between them.   Invisible...

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