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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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
What is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other 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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is the traditional October birthstone. Learn about opal and find opal jewelry suggestions. Page 10.
5 Characteristics All Vintage Jewelry Has in...
Think the best reason to buy vintage jewelry is because it is environmentally friendly? These are five characteristics might change your mind.
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.
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.
Fine and Fashion Jewelry Finds
Fine and fashion jewelry finds from around the Internet.
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).
Rolo Chain
An illustration of a rolo chain, to help you visualize jewelry components when you shop online. Page 3.
What is a Karat?
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
Jewelry Clasp Designs
We'll show you how a lobster claw jewelry clasp keeps jewelry securely in place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the traditional March birthstone. Read aquamarine buying advice and shop for aquamarine jewelry. Page 3.
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.
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 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.
More Popular Jewelry Chains
Photos of several popular chains used to make jewelry -- learn the terms before you shop online. Page 4.
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.
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.
About Invisible Settings
Invisibly set small diamonds can be used to enhance a larger focal diamond. Take a look. Page 3.
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.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
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.
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.
Guide to Necklaces
Necklaces come in loads of different lengths and styles, making it difficult to choose one when you can't visualize how the necklace will look when it hangs around your neck. It's much easier to buy a necklace after you've previewed the options. Get familiar with the terminology used to describe necklaces.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is the traditional January birthstone. Learn a little about garnet before you buy jewelry.
How to Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Box Chain
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.
Vermeil
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
Jewelry Trends
Jewelry trends among celebrities. A look at some of the jewelry seen on celebrity wrists, ears and necks -- all on loan from famous designers, of course.
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.
Body Piercings
A quick guide to body piercings, including earlobe gauging, normal healing times, the best metals for new body piercings and more.
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.
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.
How to Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can You Identify This Ring
Can you identify this vintage ring? It belonged to the great grandmother of one of our jewelry forum members. Take a look and see if you can help.
20 Interesting Facts about Emeralds
Twenty must-know facts everyone should know about emeralds.
6 Types of Awe-inspiring Opal
What are the different kinds of opal? Learn about each type of opal and how to identify them.
Average Healing Times for Body Piercings
Find out how long it usually takes common body piercings to heal.
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?
Swank, Inc.
A profile of Swank, a company founded in 1897 that still designs and markets men's jewelry and accessories.
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.
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.
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.
Top 12 Baroque Pearl Shapes
Learn about different types of baroque pearls.
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.
Lamwork Bead Buying Advice
Choose lampwork bead jewelry that you adore, but remember that style isn't the only thing you must consider when buying handcrafted glass beads.
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?
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.
Tahitian Pearls
Use our resources to learn about Tahitian pearls and to shop for Tahitian pearl jewelry.
Facts About Silver
Facts about silver, including sterling silver and Spratling silver. Learn how to buy, clean and care for your silver 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.
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.
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.
20 Must-Know Facts About Alexandrite
Twenty intriguing facts about Alexandrite, the alternative birthstone of June.
Morganite
A few facts about the gemstone called Morganite.
Gold Filled
Learn the meaning of the term gold filled, and discover how gold filled jewelry compares to other types of gold.
Gemologist Career FAQ
Would you like a career in the jewelry industry? Let's talk about the skills required to become a gemologist.
Creative Ways to Wear a Brooch
Gwen Stefani turned a large floral brooch into a hair ornament. Page 6.
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.
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.
All About Aquamarine
Advice to help you make savvy shopping decisions when you shop for jewelry created from aquamarine, the March birthstone.
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.
Body Piercing
An explanation of different types of body piercing on the ear.
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.
Diamond Color
White diamonds -- or are graded in part by their lack of color. The good news... you don't need a top graded gemstone to own a lovely diamond.
Elizabeth Taylor - 1981
Remembering Elizabeth Taylor, wearing a waterfall-like necklace in this scene from 'Little Foxes.'. Page 12.
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.
20 Must Know Facts about Pearls
Some of the most intriguing and must-know facts about Pearls, the official birthstone of June.
Best Diamond Cuts
Our diamond cuts gallery illustrates cuts that some jewelry stores label as their best, and explains why.
10 Must Know Antique Jewelry Terms
A glossary of terms commonly used in the antique and estate jewelry industry.
Emerald Cut Diamond
Jewelry / Accessories. Page 3.
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.
Piercing Your Belly Button - Step By Step...
A trip to Daytona Beach was the perfect time to get my belly button pierced.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
Citizen Watch - Stiletto Collection
Citizen Watch Company of America has introduced the Stiletto collection, which they call the world’s thinnest light-powered watch. Originally designed for men, the sleek profile makes this watch suitable for women, too.
Instagram Accounts You Must Follow if You Love...
Discover the best Instagram accounts all about October's birthstone, Opal.
The 10 Most Gorgeous Vintage Sapphire...
Discover the ten most unique and beautiful vintage sapphire engagement rings available on Etsy.
Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewelry
Kate and William, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after their wedding on April 29, 2011. Page 7.
Elizabeth Taylor - 1988
Remembering Elizabeth Taylor. A look back at the jewelry Elizabeth Taylor wore on-screen and off during her long acting career. Page 13.
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?
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.
Tennis Bracelet
Definition of the term tennis bracelet, with the story behind the term.
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.
Diamond Grading Reports
Learn how a diamond grading report helps you find a diamond, and find out what you can expect to read in the report.
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