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Jewelry: Most Popular Articles

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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.
Are Piercing Guns Safe?
Piercing guns have been used for years, and they have improved since the earliest models were implemented, but are they safe?
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.
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.
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.
Best Body Jewelry for Your New Body 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.
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.
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 Get the Most 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.
Vintage 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.
Getting My Belly Button Pierced
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.
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.
How to Evaluate Diamond Color
Use this guide to learn about diamond color, how color is graded and how it affects diamond prices and durability.
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.
Platinum Jewelry
Platinum is a rare precious metal that's used to create fine jewelry. The markings engraved on platinum rings and other jewelry disclose how much pure platinum each piece contains. Get the facts about platinum before you buy platinum jewelry.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
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.
What Is Sterling Silver?
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.
She Doesn't Like Diamonds... No Problem
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.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
About Bezel Settings
A definition of the term bezel setting with a detailed illustration to help you visualize how a bezel setting is accomplished.
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.
Get the Facts About Diamond Clarity
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.
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.
Jade Identification and Buying Guide
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.
Karat
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
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.
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.
Conflict Diamonds - How to Avoid Buying a...
Conflict diamonds, often called blood diamonds, are gems that are sold to fund groups that are terrorizing citizens in some diamond producing countries. Learn a few conflict diamond basics and use these tips to help avoid buying a blood diamond.
What is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other jewelry.
Diamonds Created 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?
Emeralds, the May Birthstone
Our facts about emeralds provide a heads up about treatments and deceptive practices used to make an emerald more attractive.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Ruby
Ruby is the July birthstone, but this lovely red gem is popular with jewelry lovers born throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rolo Chain
An illustration of a rolo chain, to help you visualize jewelry components when you shop online. Page 3.
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.
About Invisible Settings
If wall-to-wall gemstones are your style, take a close up look at this popular engagement ring setting technique.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
Turquoise Jewelry
Facts to help you understand turquoise variations, the treatments often used to enhance turquoise, and tips about caring for December's birthstone.
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.
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.
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.
Body Piercing
An explanation of different types of body piercing on the ear.
Birthstone Jewelry, January through December
Find your birthstone and get the facts about it. Advice to help you buy birthstone jewelry.
How to Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
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.
Chelsea Clinton's Engagement Ring and Wedding...
Chelsea Clinton wore a lovely pair of floral-like diamond earrings on her wedding day. Page 2.
Explore Engagement Ring Trends
We'll help you explore engagement ring trends and discuss the options you'll see when you shop for an engagement ring.
Do Celebrities Own their Red Carpet Jewels?
Have you ever wondered if celebrities own the jewelry and accessories they wear on the red carpet? Not usually... we'll explain.
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.
Halo Engagement Rings
Halo engagement rings are popular with new brides, and we think you'll love this varied selection.
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.
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.
Gold Bracelet Found in the Ruins of Pompeii
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations. Page 8.
Swank, Inc.
A profile of Swank, a company founded in 1897 that still designs and markets men's jewelry and accessories.
More Popular Jewelry Chains
Photos of several popular chains used to make jewelry -- learn the terms before you shop online. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First Century Collar Necklace
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations. Page 3.
Anne Hathaway Jewelry
Jewelry / Accessories.
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.
How to Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
Gemologist Career FAQ
Would you like a career in the jewelry industry? Let's talk about the skills required to become a gemologist.
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.
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.
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.
How to Choose a Necklace for a Special Event
Our jewelry advice helps you select a necklace that flatters your ensemble.
Amy Poehler Jewelry
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 12.
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
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.
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.
Sally Field Jewelry
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 18.
Average Healing Times for Body Piercings
Find out how long it usually takes common body piercings to heal.
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 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.
Loose Diamonds - Compare Prices of Loose...
Compare prices of round cut, loose diamonds that weigh approximately .75 carat. Mix and match diamond qualities and see how the changes you make affect diamond pricing.
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.
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
Gold Filled
Learn the meaning of the term gold filled, and discover how gold filled jewelry compares to other types of gold.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
Vermeil
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
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.
Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewelry
The wedding band and engagement ring of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the Buckingham Palace reception held after her marriage to Prince William. Page 8.
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.
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.
Kate Middleton Engagement Ring
Take a close look at Kate Middleton's sapphire and diamond engagement ring, a ring owned by Prince William's mother, Princess Diana. Page 2.
Invisible Setting - Princess Cut Diamonds...
Invisible settings can be used to form a continuous surface of diamonds in engagement rings and wedding bands. Here, a princess cut center stone is enhanced by smaller, invisibly set diamonds.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Fine and Fashion Jewelry Finds
Fine and fashion jewelry finds from around the Internet.
Are You Ready to Buy a Gemstone?
Misleading gemstone names are often used to market fake jewelry to unsuspecting buyers. Watch for these terms to spot the fakes.
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.
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.
First Century Golden Earrings - Afghanistan
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations. Page 6.
Princess Diana - 1982
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 5.
Box Chain
Jewelry / Accessories.
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.
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.
Gold Brooch with Turquoise and Pearl -...
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations. Page 7.
All About Aquamarine
Advice to help you make savvy shopping decisions when you shop for jewelry created from aquamarine, the March birthstone.
Piercing Your Belly Button - Step By Step...
A trip to Daytona Beach was the perfect time to get my belly button pierced.
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.
Gold and Pearl Earring Found in Israel
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations.
Princess Charlene's Ocean Necklace
Van Cleef & Arpels created 'Ocean' for Princess Charlene of Monaco, a unique diamond and sapphire necklace that reflects her love of the water. Page 2.
Facial Piercings
An explanation of the differences between a labret piercing and a lip piercing, two common facial piercings.
Golden Earrings Being Restored by a French...
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations. Page 5.
Pricess Diana on Her Honeymoon Cruise
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 4.
Adele's Harry Winston Jewelry
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 15.
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.
Gold Goddess Pendant - Afghanistan
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations. Page 4.
Jodie Foster Jewelry
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 8.
Princess Diana in Autralia, 1985
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 10.
First Century Earrings - Afghanistan
Photos of ancient jewelry from around the world. You might be surprised how modern jewelry trends mesh with jewelry worn by past civilizations. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
Art Deco Jewelry
Learn characteristics that will help you identify Art Deco jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
Princess Diana in 1991
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 18.
Princess Diana in Canada, 1991
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 19.
1947 Wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince...
Glance back at photos from the 1947 Royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II.
Platinum Engagement Rings
Platinum holds diamonds firmly in place and its natural white luster provides a rich backdrop. Use these resources to find a platinum engagement ring.
Princess Diana Wearing Spencer Tiara, 1983
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 6.
Tennis Bracelet
Definition of the term tennis bracelet, with the story behind the term.
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.
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.
Vintage and Collectible Jewelry - Top Books
Find the best books about vintage and collectible costume jewelry. Costume jewelry identification and buying guides.

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