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Jewelry: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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?
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.
Birthstone Jewelry, January through December
Find your birthstone and get the facts about it. Advice to help you buy birthstone jewelry.
What is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Taylor's Most Iconic Jewelry Moments
Take a look back at some of Elizabeth Taylor's most unforgettable fine jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 Must-Know Facts About Alexandrite
Twenty intriguing facts about Alexandrite, the alternative birthstone of June.
Fine and Fashion Jewelry Finds
Fine and fashion jewelry finds from around the Internet.
About Invisible Settings
If wall-to-wall gemstones are your style, take a close up look at this popular engagement ring setting technique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a D Grade Diamond?
Use this guide to learn about diamond color, how color is graded and how it affects diamond prices and durability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
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.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is the traditional October birthstone. Learn about opal and find opal jewelry suggestions. Page 10.
7 Insider Tips for Traveling With Fine Jewelry
Find out what steps you should be taking to protect your fine jewelry when you go on vacation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Unusual Gemstones that Will Remind You of...
Admire some of the most lunar specimens in this list of rare, phenomenal gemstones.
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?
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.
How to Tell if Your Diamond is Real or Fake
Learn how to test a diamond and tell if it is real or fake at home.
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).
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.
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.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
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.
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.
The 4 Most Prized Rubies in the World
From the most expensive ruby of all time to a ruby that was part of a decades-long jewelry heist, read about the most famous rubies here.
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.
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.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the traditional March birthstone. Read aquamarine buying advice and shop for aquamarine jewelry. Page 3.
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.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is the traditional January birthstone. Learn a little about garnet before you buy jewelry.
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.
Amazing Jewelry Recovered from the Titanic
A gallery of some unique antique jewelry that was collected from the Titanic.
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.
What is a Karat?
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
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.
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 Tell if Your Ruby is Real
Learn about the most common ruby imposters and how to identify them.
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.
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.
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.
20 Must-Know Facts about Rubies
20 of the most amazing facts about Rubies, the official birthstone of July.
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.
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.
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.
7 Calibre Cut Rings That Will Leave You...
Learn what it means when a piece of jewelry has calibre cut stones.
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.
What Makes a Piece of Jewelry Art Deco?
Find out important characteristics most pieces of vintage Art Deco jewelry have in common.
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.
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.
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 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.
Oscars Jewelry: The Best Bling from 2015
Discover which celebrities wore the best fine jewelry at the 2015 Academy Awards and which jewelry designers are responsible for bling.
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.
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.
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.
How to Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
More Popular Jewelry Chains
Photos of several popular chains used to make jewelry -- learn the terms before you shop online. Page 4.
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.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
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.
Platinum vs. White Gold, Which is the Better...
Find out whether Platinum or White Gold is better for your engagement ring and wedding bands.
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.
Vermeil
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
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.
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.
Super Bowl Rings Photo Gallery
A Super Bowl ring is the ultimate jewelry for a pro football player, and these collectible rings have gone from simple to ornate since the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I in 1967.
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.
What to Ask Before Buying a Vintage Engagement...
Top five questions to ask if you are going to purchase an antique or vintage engagement ring.
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.
His and Hers Wedding Band Ideas from Etsy
Get inspired and discover some unique his & hers wedding band sets on Etsy.
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.
Traditional Anniversary Gift Ideas With a Twist
Find out how to blend traditional anniversary gifts with the timeless appeal of 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.
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 Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
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 Right Way to Store Your Fine Jewelry
We've broken down some smart jewelry storage tips to help you make the most of your prized fine jewelry collection.
Piercing Your Belly Button - Step By Step...
A trip to Daytona Beach was the perfect time to get my belly button pierced.
10 Antique Rings That Will Make You Fall in...
Admire some of the most beautiful golden rings that are over 100 years old.
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
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.
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.
All About Tourmaline
Get the facts you need to shop for tourmaline, a popular gemstone that occurs in many colors.
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.
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.
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.
5 Reasons Why Vintage Jewelry is Better
Think the best reason to buy vintage jewelry is because it is environmentally friendly? These are five characteristics might change your mind.
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.
8 Minimalist Jewelry Brands to Follow on...
Search through the very best minimalist fine jewelry from these extraordinary fine jewelry brands.
1947 Wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince...
Glance back at photos from the 1947 Royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II.
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.
20 Must Know Facts about Pearls
Some of the most intriguing and must-know facts about Pearls, the official birthstone of June.
Swank, Inc.
A profile of Swank, a company founded in 1897 that still designs and markets men's jewelry and accessories.
9 Incredible Jewelry Designers that are Women
Meet some of the jewelry industry's most revered female jewelry designers.
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.
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.
Important Jewelry from Tiffany & Co
Tiffany & Co opened their doors in 1837 and have since been the most iconic jewelry house in the world. These 10 pieces of jewelry show us why.
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.
Body Piercings
A quick guide to body piercings, including earlobe gauging, normal healing times, the best metals for new body piercings and more.
20 Interesting Facts about Emeralds
Twenty must-know facts everyone should know about emeralds.
Emeralds, the May Birthstone
Our facts about emeralds provide a heads up about treatments and deceptive practices used to make an emerald more attractive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Precious Metals Used to Craft Jewelry
When it comes to precious metals, it seems like most of us have a color preference -- either yellow or
How December Became the Only Month With 3...
Learn how December came to be the only month with three official birthstones.
Gemstones from A to Z
Get the facts about gemstones before you buy jewelry. Let's talk about commonly used gemstone treatments and the ways gems can be manipulated, and then move on to gemstone care.
Timeline of Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry
A timeline of the terms antique, vintage, and estate.
Peridot
Peridot is a vivid, lime-green gems that's increasingly popular. Learn more about the August birthstone.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
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.
Average Healing Times for Body Piercings
Find out how long it usually takes common body piercings to heal.
Tahitian Pearls
Use our resources to learn about Tahitian pearls and to shop for Tahitian pearl jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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