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Parts of a Faceted Gemstone

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Parts of a Faceted Gemstone

A faceted gemstone has several key aspects. The table is the very top, flat, polished face of a faceted gemstone. The crown is the general top section of the gemstone, above the girdle. The girdle is the widest point of the gemstone, and consists of a thin row of tiny facets. When viewed from above, the shape of the girdle determines the shape of the gemstone itself (oval, round, princess cut, etc). Facets are the tiny polished "faces" of the gemstone. The culet (if it exists; it's not always present) is the tiny facet on the very bottom of the...

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What's a Cabochon Gemstone?

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What's a Cabochon Gemstone?

There are two very general categories for polished gemstones: faceted and cabochon. Cabochons come in many different shapes, but what really defines a cabochon is that it has a smooth, domed surface. A faceted gemstone, meanwhile, has a surface covered in tiny faces, or facets. A cabochon is often the cut of choice for opaque and semi-transparent stones, in order to better show off their color. This style is excellent for displaying desirable inclusions, as in rutilated quartz. Below is a variety of cabochon gemstones in different shapes. Cabochons also emphasize asterism (a star-like illusion on the dome of the...

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Is Your Jewelry Real Gold?

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Is Your Jewelry Real Gold?

Maybe you have some jewelry sitting in your jewelry box, collecting dust. You've had it since you were young, or maybe you inherited it. How can you figure out the value of these pieces? The easiest thing to do is to look for a stamp. You'll be looking for these stamps inside rings or on the backs of earrings or pendants. Gold and Platinum Jewelry Stamps 10K - may also be stamped as 417, which means that 41.7% of the alloy is pure gold14K - may also be stamped as 585, which means that 58.5% of the alloy is pure...

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Gemstone Love: Diamond

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Gemstone Love: Diamond

Birthstone month: AprilColor: Ideally colorless, though many diamonds have a hint of yellow or brownFamily: DiamondMoh's Hardness: 10Transparency: Transparent Typically, gem-quality diamonds are colorless or nearly colorless. When the discoloration in a diamond is intense enough to be viewed as an entirely different color, though, these diamonds are intentionally marketed for their color and inclusions. Yellow diamonds, blue diamonds, black diamonds, gray/salt and pepper diamonds, champagne diamonds, and cognac diamonds are all variations valued for their non-standard look. Here's an example of a raw, uncut diamond: Diamonds are unusual in that they are the only gemstones that are comprised of...

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Learn the Lingo: Sizing Beads

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Learn the Lingo: Sizing Beads

Does your ring spin on your finger, but barely fit over your knuckles? How can you fix this? An easy and fairly permanent option is to add sizing beads to the inside of your ring. Sizing beads add a little more surface area for your ring to grip your finger, but they slip easily past your knuckles.   Having trouble with a spinning ring? Ask your local jeweler to add sizing beads! xo, Christine

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