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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Best Places to Shop for Vintage Fine Jewelry
Where should you shop for heirloom jewelry? Learn about the best places to purchase a piece of vintage fine 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 12 Baroque Pearl Shapes
Learn about different types of baroque pearls.
What is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other jewelry.
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.
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.
9 Out of This World Gemstones from Top Notch...
Explore some of Top Notch Faceting's favorite gemstones from their award winning collection, and get to know the master gem cutter behind them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Thoughtful Jewelry From 100 Years Ago
Learn about different types of sentimental antique jewelry from the Victorian era.
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.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
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.
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.
Fine and Fashion Jewelry Finds
Fine and fashion jewelry finds from around the Internet.
Jewelry Design Trends From the Past 300 Years
Learn about the 7 most common jewelry design periods from the last 300 years including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, and Art Deco.
Birthstone Jewelry, January through December
Find your birthstone and get the facts about it. Advice to help you buy birthstone jewelry.
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.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
What is a Karat?
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
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.
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.
The Best Gemstones for Engagement Rings
Diamond engagement rings are a popular choice, but other gemstone are often used for bridal rings. Learn which gemstones are durable enough for daily wear.
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.
Rolo Chain
An illustration of a rolo chain, to help you visualize jewelry components when you shop online. Page 3.
Tips for Buying an Antique Engagement Ring
These are five questions you should ask if you are going to purchase an antique or vintage engagement ring.
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.
Body Piercings
A quick guide to body piercings, including earlobe gauging, normal healing times, the best metals for new body piercings and more.
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.
Pandora Jewelry Does NYFW
Check out how designer Vivienne Tam paired her designs with jewelry from Pandora for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014.
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.
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.
10 Must Know Antique Jewelry Terms
A glossary of terms commonly used in the antique and estate jewelry industry.
Top 4 Online Marketplaces for Vintage...
Scared of buying a diamond on the internet? These four online marketplaces make buying a vintage engagement ring easy and secure.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
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.
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.
Top 5 Fine Jewelry Blogs
The best places to admire fine jewelry, both old and new. These blogs highlight upcoming trends, designers, antique jewelry, and more.
Choose the Best Sunglasses
Sunglasses should be a style you love, but they must protect your eyes, too. Our tips will help you choose the a killer pair of sunglasses.
Doublet
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.
More Popular Jewelry Chains
Photos of several popular chains used to make jewelry -- learn the terms before you shop online. Page 4.
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.
How to Choose a Diamond Shape
Explore diamonds that are shaped as rectangles and squares, such as the princess cut and emerald cut.
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.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is the traditional October birthstone. Learn about opal and find opal jewelry suggestions. Page 10.
The 3 Best and Worst Gemstones for Alternative...
Find out which gemstones make the best and worst candidates for an alternative engagement ring.
About Invisible Settings
If wall-to-wall gemstones are your style, take a close up look at this popular engagement ring setting technique.
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.
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. Page 2.
Is My Cameo Real or Fake?
Learn how to determine whether your cameo is made out of real shell or a fake plastic or resin impostor.
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
Body Jewelry Gauge Chart - Graphical Gauge Chart
A body jewelry gauge chart to show you how jewelry thickness increases as gauge number decreases. A visual look at body jewelry gauge.
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.
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.
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.
4 Things Your Jeweler Wants You To Know
Four important things every jeweler wants you to know about the fine jewelry industry but might not tell you.
How to Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
How to Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
Facial Piercings
An explanation of the differences between a labret piercing and a lip piercing, two common facial piercings.
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.
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.
Emeralds, the May Birthstone
Our facts about emeralds provide a heads up about treatments and deceptive practices used to make an emerald more attractive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swank, Inc.
A profile of Swank, a company founded in 1897 that still designs and markets men's jewelry and accessories.
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.
The 10 Most Gorgeous Vintage Sapphire...
Discover the ten most unique and beautiful vintage sapphire engagement rings available on Etsy.
How to Choose a Diamond Cut
A description of vintage, or antique, diamond cuts. You'll see these cuts when you shop for vintage diamond rings and other antique jewelry.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
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.
All You Need to Know About Ring Sizing
Everything you need to know about getting your rings re-sized with the answers to these commonly asked jewelry questions.
Choose an Engraving for Your Wedding Rings
Not sure what to have engraved on the inside of your wedding rings? We'll help you craft a word or phrase.
Choose a Necklace That Flatters Your Face
Jennifer Aniston and Kristen Stewart are two celebrities who have oval shaped faces, a shape that's considered 'idea.' Take a look. Page 2.
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.
Average Healing Times for Body Piercings
Find out how long it usually takes common body piercings to heal.
Get the Facts About Fancy Color Diamonds
When it comes to the Four Cs, fancy color diamonds aren't judged in the same way we judge white (colorless) diamonds. Here's an explanation to help you understand the differences. Page 2.
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
How to Choose a Necklace for a Special Event
Our jewelry advice helps you select a necklace that flatters your ensemble.
Engagement Rings with Princess Cut Diamonds
All of the gorgeous engagement rings in this collection are fashioned with Princess Cut diamonds. Some are diamond solitaires and others have additional diamonds within their designs.
20 Glamorous Jewelry Looks from this Year's...
We've picked out the best fine jewelry of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the traditional March birthstone. Read aquamarine buying advice and shop for aquamarine jewelry. Page 3.
Vermeil
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
Pinchbeck
Pichbeck is a metal blend that was formulated in the 17th Century. Although it looks like gold, Pinchbeck does not contain any of that precious metal.
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?
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.
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.
Box Chain
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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.
Art Deco Jewelry
Learn characteristics that will help you identify Art Deco jewelry.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is the traditional January birthstone. Learn a little about garnet before you buy jewelry.
Gold Filled
Learn the meaning of the term gold filled, and discover how gold filled jewelry compares to other types of gold.
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.
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.
Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness
The Mohs Scale is used to rank minerals by their hardness. Knowing where gemstones rank on the scale is an important factor in their care.
Facts About Diamond Blemishes
Understanding different types of diamond blemishes helps you make good decisions when you buy a diamond engagement ring or other diamond jewelry.
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.
Sapphire, The September Birthstone
Cornflower blue sapphire is the September birthstone, but this member of the corundum family of minerals exists in nearly every color you can imagine.
Body Piercing
An explanation of different types of body piercing on the ear.
Fancy Color Diamonds
If a colorless diamond isn't your style, consider a fancy color diamond in yellows, reds, pinks, blues, greens, purples and everything in-between.
Italian Charm Bracelets
A look at Italian charm bracelets, sometimes called modular charm bracelets -- they brought a whole new look to the world of charms.
Get to Know the Women and Vintage Jewelry...
Find out how the owners of Maejean Vintage turned their love of vintage jewelry into full time careers.
Taylor-Burton Diamond - 69.2 carats
Liz Taylor's 69.2 carat diamond ring, bought for her by Richard Burton, is best known as the Taylor-Burton Diamond. Page 9.
Gemologist Career FAQ
Would you like a career in the jewelry industry? Let's talk about the skills required to become a gemologist.
Choose the Best Prong Setting for Your Jewelry
Learn about prong settings. Includes tips to help you choose a prong setting that will secure your gemstones and work with your lifestyle.
Halo Engagement Rings
Halo engagement rings are popular with new brides, and we think you'll love this varied selection.
Facts About Silver
Facts about silver, including sterling silver and Spratling silver. Learn how to buy, clean and care for your silver 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.
Hoop Earrings
Hoop earrings are timeless, and never out of style. Here's a collection of hoop earrings in a range of prices and styles.
North Carolina Gem Mining
Gem mining is one of the adventures you can take in North Carolina, and Franklin is one town where you can visit gem mines to find your own rubies and sapphires.
Piercing Your Belly Button - Step By Step...
A trip to Daytona Beach was the perfect time to get my belly button pierced.
Tahitian Pearls
Use our resources to learn about Tahitian pearls and to shop for Tahitian pearl jewelry.
Elizabeth Taylor - 1967
Remembering Elizabeth Taylor. A look back at the jewelry Elizabeth Taylor wore on-screen and off during her long acting career. Page 10.
Pearl Knot Definition and Illustration
An explanation of the term pearl knot, along with an illustration, to help you visualize how and why pearl knots are created.
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?
What is the Difference Between Antique,...
The terms antique, vintage, and estate are used to help date older pieces of fine jewelry. So what then makes a piece of jewelry antique?
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.
Ladies' Watches
What mood are you in today? Dressy, casual, sporty -- there's a ladies' watch to suit it and these watches are sorted by brand.
Do Mood Rings Really Work?
How do mood rings work, and what do mood ring colors mean? We'll explain what makes a mood ring change colors, and tell you what the different colors indicate.
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.
Princess Diana's Jewelry
Princess Diana nearly always wore a necklace when she attended public events, and her jewelry was often fashioned from pearls. Our gallery offer a peek at Princess Diana's style.
What Is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a rare mineral that was first discovered in a meteorite. Get the facts about natural moissanite, plus opinions about synthetic moissanite used in jewelry.
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.
Princess Diana's Wedding Jewelry
Princess Diana nearly always wore a necklace when she attended public events, and her jewelry was often fashioned from pearls. Our pictures offer a peek at Princess Diana's style. Page 3.
Princess Diana in 1995
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 22.
Rose Quartz Advice
Rose quartz is one of the most popular members of the quartz family. Our advice will help you become a savvy rose quartz shopper.
20 Must Know Facts about Pearls
Some of the most intriguing and must-know facts about Pearls, the official birthstone of June.
What Is Boho Jewelry?
Called Boho for short, the Bohemian look is earthy, with flowing styles that are often made from natural materials. We'll help you develop your Boho jewelry style.
Where to Shop for Estate Jewelry in NYC
Excellent places to shop for estate jewelry in New York City
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