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Jewelry: Most Popular Articles

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10 Terrible Jewelry Gift Mistakes Most Men Make
Jewelry gifts are some of the most commonly exchanged gifts among couples. Have you ever committed any of these common jewelry gift mistakes?
6 Reasons to Avoid Piercing Guns
Piercing guns have been used for years, and they have improved since the earliest models were implemented, but are they safe?
What is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other jewelry.
What is Mother of Pearl?
Mother of pearl is a colorful jewelry component. Learn how mother of pearl is formed and where it is found in nature.
All About Cubic Zirconia
Read our FAQ about cubic zirconia to learn how the lab-made product differs from a diamond or other gemstone.
How to Evaluate the Carat Weight of a Diamond
Carat weight is one of the important Four Cs to become familiar with before you shop for diamond jewelry. Learn how carat weight affects the appearance and price of diamonds.
Birthstone Jewelry, January through December
Find your birthstone and get the facts about it. Advice to help you buy birthstone jewelry.
Tips for Buying Gold Jewelry
Advice to help you buy gold jewelry. You'll know exactly what you're buying when you learn the facts about the terms used to describe gold.
Tips for Cleaning Pearl Jewelry
Pearls get dirty, but must be cleaned with care. Use our pearl cleaning tips to make sure your pearls live a long and lovely life.
Best Body Jewelry for New Piercings
Tips to help you choose the best jewelry for those brand new body piercings. Learn which types of body jewelry are safe, and allow your body to heal, and which types can cause problems.
Say Goodbye to Jewelry Stains on Your Skin
Has your jewelry ever turned your skin green or black, or stained it some other color? We'll explain the top reasons why jewelry discolors skin, and offer solutions.
How to Identify Bakelite Jewelry
Bakelite is a plastic that was often used to create jewelry in the 1920s and 1930s. We'll help you identify genuine Bakelite jewelry.
What's a D Grade Diamond?
Use this guide to learn about diamond color, how color is graded and how it affects diamond prices and durability.
The Right Way to Clean a Diamond Ring
Safe and effective methods you can use to clean your diamond engagement ring and other diamond jewelry.
Jewelry Clasp Designs
We'll show you exactly how jewelry clasps work. Some jewelry clasps are more secure than others, and some are an important part of the design.
Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are popular devices that help us keep our jewelry sparkling clean. We'll help you find the best jewelry cleaner for your needs.
Is Your Diamond Real or Fake? These 5 Tests...
Not sure how to tell if your diamond is real? Use these five tests to determine whether your diamond is possibly real or definitely a fake.
Real Reader Story: How I Got My Belly Button...
A trip to Daytona Beach was the perfect time to get my belly button pierced. Here's how it went, including a few photos of the navel piercing procedure.
About Invisible Settings
If wall-to-wall gemstones are your style, take a close up look at this popular engagement ring setting technique.
What Gifts to Give on Your Wedding Anniversary
Each wedding anniversary is a milestone that's celebrated with a traditional anniversary gift. My list will help you choose jewelry and accessories to help the couple celebrate their special day.
December Birthstone Jewelry: Turquoise Jewelry
Turquoise is the traditional December birthstone. Learn how to care for turquoise and discover how turquoise can be manipulated before it is used in jewelry. Page 12.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
3 Tricks to Determine if Your Jewelry is Worth...
Learn how to determine if your jewelry is valuable fine jewelry, valuable costume jewelry, or an inexpensive bauble.
What to Buy Jewelry Lovers When You're on a...
Unique and inexpensive gift ideas for jewelry lovers that aren't jewelry. Gifts perfect for jewelers, gemologists, and jewelry collectors.
5 Ways to Make a Diamond Look Larger
Learn how to juggle a diamond's cut, shape, and setting to make the gem look larger than its true carat weight.
What are Diamond Inclusions?
Before you buy a diamond, learn a few facts about inclusions -- flaws inside the gemstone. Some diamond inclusions create problems, but others are no worry at all.
What, Exactly, Is a Bezel Ring Setting?
A definition of the term bezel setting with a detailed illustration to help you visualize how a bezel setting is accomplished.
How To Buy the Best Diamond for Your Dollar
Choosing a diamond engagement ring doesn't have to wreck your budget. Gem and jewelry expert Antoinette Matlins offers advice to help you get the most diamond for your dollar.
How Gold Can Change Colors
Yellow gold, white gold, pink.. rose.. green.. how do jewelry manufacturers change the color of gold? Learn how gold alloys are used to give us multiple colors of gold.
5 DIY Recipes to Clean Your Fine Jewelry at Home
Learn how to clean all different types of jewelry at home without the use of harsh chemicals and expensive store bought jewelry cleaners.
Is It a Real Gemstone?
The words natural, genuine and synthetic are all used in jewelry ads, making it confusing to shop for gemstones. Get familiar with gemstone terms to become a better shopper.
November Birthstone: Citrine or Topaz
Yellow topaz and citrine are both regarded as traditional November birthstones. Learn more about the gems and find links to birthstone shopping suggestions. Page 11.
What's Your Sign's Birthstone?
Find out what birthstone is linked to your zodiac sign as well as how gemstones associated with astrology differ from modern day birthstones.
Is Your Cameo Real or Fake?
Learn how to determine whether your cameo jewelry is made out of shell or composed of a fake plastic or resin impostor.
How to Choose a Diamond Shape
Finding a diamond engagement ring that you can wear comfortably has much to do with the shape of the diamond or other gem that it holds. We'll help you decide which diamond shapes work best.
5 Jewelry Blogs You Should Be Reading
The best places to admire fine jewelry, both old and new. These jewelry blogs highlight upcoming trends, designers, antique jewelry, and more.
How to Use a Jewelry Loupe
Even beginners can use a jewelry loupe, also called a magnifier, for an up-close view of diamonds, gemstones and other jewelry components. We'll help you choose and use a jewelry loupe.
7 Interesting Facts About November's Birthstone
Topaz is so much more than a cheap yellow gemstone. These amazing topaz facts will uncover the hidden beauty behind November's official birthstone.
Choose the Best Prong Setting
Prong settings are the most popular setting used for engagement rings and other jewelry, but they vary greatly, and not all are suitable for every lifestyle.
Did You Know Your Birthstone has Supernatural...
Did you know crystals have healing, emotional and other supernatural properties? Learn about the not so physical properties of your birthstone crystal.
Your Birthstone Like You've Never Seen It
See how incredible the birthstones of each month look right after they are mined out of the ground.
7 Ways You Are Destroying Your Jewelry
These are 7 common jewelry mistakes people make that you should avoid if you want to keep your jewelry in great condition.
Does Diamond Clarity Matter?
Diamond clarity is an important factor used to evaluate the quality and value of a diamond. Get the facts about diamond clarity and learn how it affects the look and integrity of your diamond.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
20 Must-Know Facts About Rubies
Learn all about July's Birthstone with these fun ruby facts. Find out where ruby is found, how it's formed, and how ruby was admired throughout history.
Rolo Chain
An illustration of a rolo chain, to help you visualize jewelry components when you shop online. Page 3.
Earring Back Replacements
Replacing the backs of your pierced earrings, or adding a stabilizer to earring backs, helps keep your earrings safely in place and reduce droopy earlobes.
How to Buy Platinum
Before you buy platinum jewelry, learn basic facts about platinum, e.g. the Platinum Group of Metals (PGM), and platinum marking (platinum content).
Safe Ways to Stretch Your Ear Piercings
Learn how stretch your earlobe piercings, a process commonly called gauging. Stretching makes the holes large enough to wear plugs and other thick body jewelry.
Diamond Color Treatments
Color treatments can turn ho-hum diamonds into the show-stoppers that the public demands, but not all diamond color treatments are permanent. We'll explain.
Gorgeous Gifts for November Babies
Shop our top rated citrine jewelry gift options in every price range. November's birthstone never looked so elegant and timeless.
Fine and Fashion Jewelry Finds
Fine and fashion jewelry finds from around the Internet.
How to Buy and Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry
Learn the meaning of the term sterling silver and find the best ways to care for your sterling silver jewelry.
More Popular Jewelry Chains
Photos of several popular chains used to make jewelry -- learn the terms before you shop online. Page 4.
7 Jewelry Hacks Using Household Items
These ingenious fine jewelry hacks use regular household items to help you clean, store, untangle, and maximize your most precious valuables.
August Birthstone: Peridot
Lush green peridot is the traditional August birthstone. Learn how to evaluate and buy peridot jewelry and find peridot shopping suggestions. Page 8.
17 Amazing Facts About August's Birthstone
Did you know peridot was once known as topaz? Learn some of the most intriguing facts and important information about this stunning green gemstone.
July Birthstone: Ruby Jewelry
Ruby is the traditional July birthstone. Learn ruby facts, find ruby buying tips and find suggestions for ruby jewelry. Page 7.
Tips for Buying Jade
True jade exists as two different minerals, and in many colors. Our jade advice will help you make informed decisions when you shop for jade jewelry.
Get the Facts About Fancy Color Diamonds
Learn about fancy colored diamonds. Get pricing details, answers to fancy color diamond FAQ and the scoop on those popular pink diamonds.
5 Dazzling Diamond Staples Every Woman Wants...
Find diamond jewelry you'll absolutely adore in this holiday jewelry gift guide. We've included buying tips, helpful insight, and our top picks.
What is a Karat?
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
Creative Ways to Wear a Brooch
Celebrity watching is an excellent way to discover creative ways to wear a brooch. Use these ideas to show off a gorgeous brooch that's been hiding in your jewelry box.
Engagement Ring Advice for Guys
Men really are clueless sometimes about their girlfriends' favorite engagement ring styles, but we'll show you how to analyze her tastes before you buy a ring.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
Sapphire is the traditional September birthstone. Learn about sapphire color variations, plus find sapphire buying advice and sapphire jewelry shopping suggestions. Page 9.
The Four Cs of Diamonds
Four important diamond characteristics are referred to as the Four Cs -- clarity, color, cut and carat weight. Get the facts before you shop for diamonds.
20 Amazing Facts About Pearls
Learn the most intriguing facts about pearls like when pearls became June's birthstone, how pearls form, and what Cleopatra famously did with a pearl.​
20 Interesting Facts about Emeralds
Twenty must-know facts everyone should know about emeralds.
Choose a Necklace That Flatters Your Face
An easy tutorial to help you choose necklaces and earrings that flatter the shape of your face, with celebrity photos that illustrate both excellent and poor choices.
What You Need to Know About Gauges Before You...
Learn how body jewelry thickness is measured using a gauge system with these printable gauge charts and pictures.
How to Shop for Ruby Jewelry
Ruby is the July birthstone, but this lovely red gem is popular with jewelry lovers born throughout the year.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is the traditional October birthstone. Learn about opal and find opal jewelry suggestions. Page 10.
Guide to Necklaces
Necklaces come in loads of different lengths and styles, making it difficult to choose one when you can't visualize how the necklace will look when it hangs around your neck. It's much easier to buy a necklace after you've previewed the options. Get familiar with the terminology used to describe necklaces.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is the traditional January birthstone. Learn a little about garnet before you buy jewelry.
How to Choose a Diamond Cut
Learn about popular diamond cuts, including the brilliant cut diamond. Pictures and facts to help you recognize and choose a diamond.
April Birthstone: Diamond Jewelry
Diamond is the traditional birthstone for the month of April. Find diamond buying advice, including in-depth tutorials about the Four Cs, and shop for diamond jewelry. Page 4.
About Channel Set Diamonds and Colored Gemstones
Channel settings are often used in engagement rings and other jewelry. Our photos and facts about channel settings help you understand this special style.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the traditional March birthstone. Read aquamarine buying advice and shop for aquamarine jewelry. Page 3.
How to Buy a Diamond Engagement Ring
Engagement ring advice to help you choose and buy the perfect engagement ring. Use these engagement ring tips tips to choose a ring she'll love.
21 Must-Know Facts About Alexandrite
Learn some of the most important alexandrite facts like when it was discovered, why it is so rare, and how it changes colors.
10 Ruby Rings Under \$1,000
Whether shopping for a ruby engagement ring, birthstone ring, or right hand ring, this list features 10 beautiful budget friendly ruby rings.
How to Choose a Prong Setting
A prong setting is the most widely used setting for women's engagement rings and many other types of gemstone jewelry. We'll help you select a quality prong setting.
What Is Sarah Coventry Jewelry?
Find out when and how Sarah Coventry jewelry came to be and learn a few methods you can use to collect the jewelry today.
Measure Your Ring Size From Home
Learn how to figure out your ring size from home with this simple procedure.
Shop for Birthstone Jewelry
Birthstone jewelry is personal, so it's the perfect gift for any occasion. You'll find all sorts of birthstone jewelry here, from pendants to rings to birthstone necklaces.
May Birthstone: Emerald Jewelry
Emerald is the traditional birthstone for the month of May. Read emerald buying advice, emerald folklore, and find emerald jewelry shopping suggestions. Page 5.
How to Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
Facts About Diamond Cuts
The term diamond cut does not tell us a diamond's shape. Cut refers to diamond proportions, such as depth and width and the uniformity of a diamond's facets.
What is Estate Jewelry? We Explain.
We explain the critical difference between antique, vintage, and estate jewelry to help you better understand estate jewelry and how it's valued.
Fake Gemstones
Gems can be manipulated and faked in ways that make them look more desirable, and sometimes the changes are not disclosed. Let's talk about those methods.
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Your...
Gold was one of the first metals ever discovered. Learn more about your gold jewelry with these five important facts.
How to Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
June Birthstone: Pearl
Pearl is one of the traditional birthstones for June. Read pearl buying advice and find shopping suggestions for pearl jewelry. Page 6.
Jewelry Insurance
Your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy may not offer full coverage for your engagement ring and other fine jewelry. We'll help you find a policy that does.
What is an Ear Climber and How Do I Wear One?
Learn how to style and where to buy the hottest new jewelry trend: ear climbers.
Simple Ring Size Conversion Chart
Use this ring size conversion chart to figure out your approximate ring size from home.
Compare Prices of Round Diamonds
Compare prices of round, loose diamonds to see how mixing and matching diamond qualities affects a diamond's price and quality.
How to Sell a Diamond Ring
So you've decided to sell your diamond engagement ring. These tips and steps will help you get the most out of your diamond.
Elizabeth Taylor's Most Iconic Jewelry Moments
Take a look back at some of Elizabeth Taylor's most unforgettable fine jewelry.
Everything You Need to Know About Gold Filled...
Learn the meaning of the term gold filled, and discover how gold filled jewelry compares to other types of gold.
Traditional Anniversary Gift Ideas With a Twist
Find out how to blend traditional anniversary gifts with the timeless appeal of jewelry.
What You Need to Know about Turquoise Jewelry
Facts to help you understand turquoise variations, the treatments often used to enhance turquoise, and tips about caring for December's birthstone.
5 Reasons You Should (or Shouldn't) Sell Your...
Before you decide to cash in your old gold, read these five factors that might sway your decision one way or the other.
Solitaire Engagement Rings with Round Diamonds
Engagement rings set with a single round brilliant cut diamond are an all time favorite, and will always be in style, no matter what the current engagement ring trends. We'll help you explore engagement rings with round diamonds.
Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewelry
Take a peek at jewelry and fashions from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with a focus on jewelry and accessories worn on the couple's wedding day.
All About Topaz
Topaz is the November birthstone, and a gemstone that's often treated to either change or enhance its color. Our topaz FAQ help you shop with confidence.
Engraving Options
Engraving wedding rings with special phrase makes the rings even more meaningful. The engravings will last a lifetime if you choose an engraving method with care.
How to Buy an Inexpensive Engagement Ring
It isn't difficult to buy a cheap engagement ring, and 'cheap' definitely does not mean ugly or boring. Follow our advice to find a ring she'll love.
The Only Diamond Quality Infographic You'll...
Save this diamond quality infographic for a quick reference next time you are in the market to buy or sell a diamond.
10 Unusual Gemstones that Will Remind You of...
Admire some of the most lunar specimens in this list of rare, phenomenal gemstones.
Jewelry Appraisals vs. Lab Certificates
Jewelry appraisals and lab certificates are both important, but don't provide the same details about your fine jewelry. Should your order each?
All About Aquamarine
Advice to help you make savvy shopping decisions when you shop for jewelry created from aquamarine, the March birthstone.
Opal, the October Birthstone
Opal is a unique gem that displays a rainbow of colors, but opals can be manipulated in ways that aren't always desirable. Get the facts before you buy.
Diamond Color
White diamonds -- or are graded in part by their lack of color. The good news... you don't need a top graded gemstone to own a lovely diamond.
Would You Wear a Diamond Made from Human Ashes?
LifeGem and other companies specialize in creating memorial diamonds -- fancy color diamonds made from cremation ashes. Would you wear a diamond made from human ashes?
Platinum vs. White Gold, Which is the Better...
Find out whether Platinum or White Gold is better for your engagement ring and wedding bands.
Diamond Fluorescence
Fluorescence is a characteristic that makes some diamonds appear to change color in different lights, and the color shift can be a pro or a con.
Diamond Clarity Treatments
Clarity enhanced diamonds will be offered to you when you shop, and some clarity treatments are temporary. Let's talk about those treatments before you go shopping.
How To Clean Your Fine Jewelry With Ammonia
Convinced that cleaning your fine jewelry with ammonia is the best choice? If so, learn here how to do so in a safe and effective way.
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
All About Tourmaline
Get the facts you need to shop for tourmaline, a popular gemstone that occurs in many colors.
Mother of Pearl Jewelry
You'll love mother of pearl's slightly iridescent glow, and find that mother of pearl jewelry is suitable for nearly any occasion, from casual to dressy.
1947 Wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince...
Glance back at photos from the 1947 Royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II.
Box Chain
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
All You Need to Know About Ring Sizing
This guide will explain how a ring is sized, how a jeweler prices ring sizings, why your ring size might vary from one jeweler to the next, and more.
Definition of diamante, a word often used to describe jewelry, accessories and clothing embellishments.
20 Intriguing Facts About Opal, October's...
Learn the most important facts about Opal, October's birthstone from where it's found to how it's formed and even if it's bad luck to wear.
Amazing Jewelry Recovered from the Titanic
A gallery of some unique antique jewelry that was collected from the Titanic.
Learn Why Welo Opal Will Be Your New Favorite...
The newly discovered Welo opal has dominated the opal market and excited jewelry enthusiasts. Learn what Welo opal is and what sets Welo opal apart.
How to Tell if Your Gemstone Has Been 'Enhanced'
Most gemstones are treated to improve their appearance, and that can be a plus or a minus, depending on the treatment and what you pay for the gem. We'll explain.
Emeralds, the May Birthstone
Our facts about emeralds provide a heads up about treatments and deceptive practices used to make an emerald more attractive.
Is Your Diamond Loose? Here's How You Can Tell
If you have a loose diamond or gemstone in your ring, eventually that stone is going to fall out. Find out how to check your rings for loose stones here.
Buying and Caring for Your Pearl Jewelry
Advice to help you when you shop for pearl jewelry, and tips that explain the differences in pearls, how they're (usually) held together in a strand and how to keep them from wear.
5 Reasons You Might Consider Buying a Fake...
Learn about the differences between moissanite and diamond and determine whether you prefer a perfect manmade gem or an imperfect natural one.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
Diamond Grading Reports
Learn how a diamond grading report helps you find a diamond, and find out what you can expect to read in the report.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
Timeline of Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry
A timeline of the terms antique, vintage, and estate.
10 Common Diamond Questions, Answered
Learn answers to 10 of the most common diamond questions. These FAQ will teach you everything you need to know about your diamond jewelry.
The Right Way to Care for Your Diamond Jewelry
Diamonds are extremely resilient, but the metal surrounding these beautiful stones is not. Find out how to properly care for your diamond jewelry.
Recycle Your Jewelry to Create New Designs
It's easy to turn your unused jewelry into fresh new designs. We'll show you how to tackle a do-it-yourself jewelry makeover.
Ancient Jewelry Photo Gallery
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations.
Tahitian Pearls
Use our resources to learn about Tahitian pearls and to shop for Tahitian pearl jewelry.
Class Ring Trends and Photos
There's a class ring to suit just about any graduation -- designs are more varied than ever before. Let's look at some of the choices.
How December Became the Only Month With 3...
Learn how December came to be the only month with three official birthstones.
A quick explanation of the term doublet, a technique used to make gems appear more desirable than their true value. Learn how to stay alert to doublets.

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