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Birthstone Jewelry, January through December
Find your birthstone and get the facts about it. Advice to help you buy birthstone jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other jewelry.
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.
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 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.
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.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is the traditional October birthstone. Learn about opal and find opal jewelry suggestions. Page 10.
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.
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.
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.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the traditional March birthstone. Read aquamarine buying advice and shop for aquamarine jewelry. Page 3.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Celebrity Jewelry Trends of 2014
Best red carpet celebrity jewelry trends from 2014.
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.
Hottest Earring Trends of 2015
Discover the hottest earring trends for 2015 with this comprehensive earring gift guide.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is the traditional January birthstone. Learn a little about garnet before you buy 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.
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.
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.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jewelry Clasp Designs
Find out how a box jewelry clasp works and decide if they're secure enough to hold your fine 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).
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 Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
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.
Diamond Color Treatments
Color treatments can turn ho-hum diamonds into the show-stoppers that the public demands, but not all diamond color treatments are permanent. We'll explain.
Rolo Chain
An illustration of a rolo chain, to help you visualize jewelry components when you shop online. Page 3.
10 Jewelry Wins from the Golden Globes
Find which celebrities wore the best bling at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dazzling Pinterest Boards You Must Follow
This remarkable collection of Pinterest boards showcase the best in fine jewelry, jewelry design, and gemstones.
More Popular Jewelry Chains
Photos of several popular chains used to make jewelry -- learn the terms before you shop online. Page 4.
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.
What is a Karat?
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
5 Things You Should Know Before Buying a...
It's scary to purchase a diamond over the internet, but with these tips, buying diamonds online has never been so easy and cost saving.
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.
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.
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.
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
About Invisible Settings
Invisibly set small diamonds can be used to enhance a larger focal diamond. Take a look. Page 3.
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.
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.
20 Interesting Facts about Emeralds
Twenty must-know facts everyone should know about emeralds.
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.
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.
How to Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
Emeralds, the May Birthstone
Our facts about emeralds provide a heads up about treatments and deceptive practices used to make an emerald more attractive.
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.
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
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.
Fine and Fashion Jewelry Finds
Fine and fashion jewelry finds from around the Internet.
How to Choose a Diamond Shape
Explore diamonds that are shaped as rectangles and squares, such as the princess cut and emerald cut.
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.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
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.
Vermeil
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Gold Filled
Learn the meaning of the term gold filled, and discover how gold filled jewelry compares to other types of gold.
How December Became the Only Month With 3...
Learn how December came to be the only month with three official birthstones.
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?
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.
Super Bowl Rings Photo Gallery
A picture of the Kansas City Chief's Super Bowl ring, Super Bowl IV. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Platinum vs. White Gold, Which is the Better...
Find out whether Platinum or White Gold is better for your engagement ring and wedding bands.
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.
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.
The Best Dressed Hands of the 2015 People's...
Stana Katic pairs an incredible yellow gold and diamond ring from Neil Lane with a dress from Carolina Herrera at the 2015 People's Choice Awards.
The Right Way to Care for Your Diamond Jewelry
Diamonds are extremely resilient, but the metal surrounding these beautiful stones is not. Find out how to properly care for your diamond jewelry.
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?
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Creative Ways to Wear a Brooch
Katherine Heigl used a large brooch to secure a colorful scarf. Page 4.
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.
All About Aquamarine
Advice to help you make savvy shopping decisions when you shop for jewelry created from aquamarine, the March birthstone.
Body Piercings
A quick guide to body piercings, including earlobe gauging, normal healing times, the best metals for new body piercings and more.
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.
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.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
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.
20 Must-Know Facts About Alexandrite
Twenty intriguing facts about Alexandrite, the alternative birthstone of June.
Win Fabulous Fine Jewelry Gifts at Auction
Explore the best vintage fine jewelry lots from the upcoming winter auction at Garth's Auctions.
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.
Fine Jewelry Gift Guide Under \$250
This Holiday Gift Guide covers fine jewelry trends that are available for less than $250.
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 6.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tahitian Pearls
Use our resources to learn about Tahitian pearls and to shop for Tahitian pearl jewelry.
Best and Worst Gemstones for Engagement Rings
Find out which gemstones make the best and worst candidates for an alternative engagement ring.
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.
Peridot
Peridot is a vivid, lime-green gems that's increasingly popular. Learn more about the August birthstone.
Average Healing Times for Body Piercings
Find out how long it usually takes common body piercings to heal.
June Birthstone Jewelry
You'll find two choices when you shop for June birthstone jewelry -- pearls and alexandrite. Browse this assortment to find the perfect style.
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.
Tips for Buying Fine Jewelry at an Auction
Learn the ins and outs of purchasing fine vintage and modern jewelry at an auction house. Discover the top jewelry auctioneers in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Reliable Places to Shop for Antique Jewelry
Discover the top ten antique jewelry shops with this unique and inspiring gift guide.
7 Interesting Facts About November's Birthstone
Topaz is so much more than just a cheap yellow gemstone that is often treated to enhance its color. These 7 topaz facts will uncover the hidden beauty behind November's official birthstone.
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
Morganite
A few facts about the gemstone called Morganite.
Art Deco Jewelry
Learn characteristics that will help you identify Art Deco jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
All About Jewelry From the Art Nouveau Era
Learn about the jewelry from the Art Nouveau Era
Tennis Bracelet
Definition of the term tennis bracelet, with the story behind the term.
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.
This Season's Hottest Designer Rings
Learn who the hottest jewelry designers are and what rings should be on your holiday wish list.
Body Piercing
An explanation of different types of body piercing on the ear.
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.
Harry Winston Bracelets
A collection of Harry Winston jewelry slated for an appearance at the Oscars ceremonies. Page 5.
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