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Jewelry: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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'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 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.
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.
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 is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other jewelry.
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 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).
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.
5 of the Best Fine Jewelry Blogs
The best places to admire fine jewelry, both old and new. These blogs highlight upcoming trends, designers, antique jewelry, and more.
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.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Karat?
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
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.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
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.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birthstone Jewelry, January through December
Find your birthstone and get the facts about it. Advice to help you buy birthstone jewelry.
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.
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.
About Invisible Settings
If wall-to-wall gemstones are your style, take a close up look at this popular engagement ring setting technique.
Rolo Chain
An illustration of a rolo chain, to help you visualize jewelry components when you shop online. Page 3.
20 Must-Know Facts about Rubies
20 of the most amazing facts about Rubies, the official birthstone of July.
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.
Platinum vs. White Gold, Which is the Better...
Find out whether Platinum or White Gold is better for your engagement ring and wedding bands.
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.
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 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.
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 5.
Swank, Inc.
A profile of Swank, a company founded in 1897 that still designs and markets men's jewelry and accessories.
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.
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.
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.
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?
How to Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
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.
More Popular Jewelry Chains
Photos of several popular chains used to make jewelry -- learn the terms before you shop online. Page 4.
20 Must-Know Facts About Alexandrite
Twenty intriguing facts about Alexandrite, the alternative birthstone of June.
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?
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
How to Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
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.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
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.
Piercing Your Belly Button - Step By Step...
A trip to Daytona Beach was the perfect time to get my belly button pierced.
Average Healing Times for Body Piercings
Find out how long it usually takes common body piercings to heal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emeralds, the May Birthstone
Our facts about emeralds provide a heads up about treatments and deceptive practices used to make an emerald more attractive.
Gold Filled
Learn the meaning of the term gold filled, and discover how gold filled jewelry compares to other types of gold.
Body Piercing
An explanation of different types of body piercing on the ear.
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.
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.
Gemologist Career FAQ
Would you like a career in the jewelry industry? Let's talk about the skills required to become a gemologist.
Vermeil
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
How to Choose a Necklace for a Special Event
Our jewelry advice helps you select a necklace that flatters your ensemble.
The Best from Couture 2014
Winners and highlights from the 2014 Couture Design Awards.
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.
Tennis Bracelet
Definition of the term tennis bracelet, with the story behind the term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vintage and Collectible Jewelry - Top Books
Find the best books about vintage and collectible costume jewelry. Costume jewelry identification and buying guides.
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.
Where to Shop for Estate Jewelry in NYC
Excellent places to shop for estate jewelry in New York City
Top 5 Questions to Ask When Purchasing an...
These are five questions you should ask if you are going to purchase an antique or vintage engagement ring.
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Top 12 Baroque Pearl Shapes
Learn about different types of baroque pearls.
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.
Facial Piercings
An explanation of the differences between a labret piercing and a lip piercing, two common facial piercings.
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.
Best Ways to Find Cheap Jewelry
Cheap jewelry doesn't need to look cheap. Our tips will help you find jewelry that suits your budget.
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.
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.
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.
Halo Engagement Rings
Halo engagement rings are popular with new brides, and we think you'll love this varied selection.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All About Tourmaline
Get the facts you need to shop for tourmaline, a popular gemstone that occurs in many colors.
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.
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.
Recycle Your Jewelry to Create New Designs
Use this easy method to convert unused earrings into a pendant necklace. Page 3.
7 of the Most Common Jewelry Eras
Learn about the most common jewelry design eras of the 250 years including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, and Art Deco
Fracture Filling
The definition of fracture filling, a treatment applied to many diamonds.
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.
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.
Ed Hardy Watches
Shop for Ed Hardy Watches. This collection includes Ed Hardy watches for men and women.
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.
Diamond Stud Earrings
Find simple and elegant diamond solitaire stud earrings and diamond stud earrings designed with multiple gemstones, all sorted by price to help you shop within your budget.
Peridot
Peridot is a vivid, lime-green gems that's increasingly popular. Learn more about the August birthstone.
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.
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.
Body Piercings
A quick guide to body piercings, including earlobe gauging, normal healing times, the best metals for new body piercings and more.
Diamond Clarity
Clarity is an important diamond characteristic to understand before you shop for a diamond. Our tutorials explain diamond clarity to help make you a savvy jewelry shopper.
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?
Facts About Silver
Facts about silver, including sterling silver and Spratling silver. Learn how to buy, clean and care for your silver jewelry.
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.
Men's Casual and Sport Watches Under \$100
A collection of men's casual and sport watches all priced under $100. Find men's sport watches in many styles.
Pocket Watches Priced Under \$100
You don't have to spend a fortune on a pocket watch. There are some very nice pocket watches out there priced under $100, and some for half that amount or less. So start browsing if you're looking for a pocket watch for yourself or someone on your gift list.
What Is Mother of Pearl?
Is mother of pearl the same as a typical pearl? No, and we'll explain.
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.
Valentine's Day Jewelry
Our Valentine's Day jewelry tips will help you find the perfect gift, every time.
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.
Warman's Jewelry, Identification and Price...
A review of Warman's Jewelry, a popular guide to collectible jewelry from the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Third edition.
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.
Gemstone Buying Advice
Get the facts you need to buy gemstone jewelry. Learn about gemstone durability, common treatments that are used to improve a gemstone's appearance and much more.
The Best Bling from the 2014 Tony Awards
See which celebrity had the best jewelry look at the 2014 Tony Awards
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