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Jewelry: Most Popular Articles

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5 DIY Recipes to Clean Your Fine Jewelry at Home
Learn how to clean all different types of jewelry at home without the use of harsh chemicals and expensive store bought jewelry cleaners.
6 Reasons to Avoid Piercing Guns
Piercing guns have been used for years, and they have improved since the earliest models were implemented, but are they safe?
Tips for Buying Gold Jewelry
Advice to help you buy gold jewelry. You'll know exactly what you're buying when you learn the facts about the terms used to describe gold.
Birthstone Jewelry, January through December
Find your birthstone and get the facts about it. Advice to help you buy birthstone jewelry.
What is a Pave Setting?
Learn how jewelers use pave settings in engagement rings and other jewelry.
Tips for Cleaning Pearl Jewelry
Pearls get dirty, but must be cleaned with care. Use our pearl cleaning tips to make sure your pearls live a long and lovely life.
What is Mother of Pearl?
Mother of pearl is a colorful jewelry component. Learn how mother of pearl is formed and where it is found in nature.
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.
All About Cubic Zirconia
Read our FAQ about cubic zirconia to learn how the lab-made product differs from a diamond or other gemstone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
10 Things You Should Know About Georgian Era...
If you could take anything away from learning about Georgian Era jewelry, it's these 10 important facts.
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.
5 Reasons You Should (or Shouldn't) Sell Your...
Before you decide to cash in your old gold, read these five factors that might sway your decision one way or the other.
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.
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.
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.
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's Your Sign's Birthstone?
Find out what birthstone is linked to your zodiac sign as well as how gemstones associated with astrology differ from modern day birthstones.
5 Gorgeous Peridot Masterpieces
Explore five important peridot pieces that have either been on display in a museum or are such fine quality that they are worthy of being in one.
All About Pearls
Pearls are organic gems -- created by a living creature. Use our beginner's guide to pearls to understand how pearls differ.
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.
Fine and Fashion Jewelry Finds
Fine and fashion jewelry finds from around the Internet.
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.
6 Gorgeous Antique Diamonds Without Settings
These six common antique diamond cuts show us how diamonds evolved throughout the past 500 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
7 Ways You Are Destroying Your Jewelry
These are 7 common jewelry mistakes people make that you should avoid if you want to keep your jewelry in great condition.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is the traditional October birthstone. Learn about opal and find opal jewelry suggestions. Page 10.
Top 5 Fine Jewelry Blogs
The best places to admire fine jewelry, both old and new. These blogs highlight upcoming trends, designers, antique jewelry, and more.
Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are popular devices that help us keep our jewelry sparkling clean. We'll help you find the best jewelry cleaner for your needs.
About Invisible Settings
If wall-to-wall gemstones are your style, take a close up look at this popular engagement ring setting technique.
How to Tell if Your Diamond is Real or Fake
Learn how to test a diamond and tell if it is real or fake at home.
How to Buy Platinum
Before you buy platinum jewelry, learn basic facts about platinum, e.g. the Platinum Group of Metals (PGM), and platinum marking (platinum content).
Is It a Real Gemstone?
The words natural, genuine and synthetic are all used in jewelry ads, making it confusing to shop for gemstones. Get familiar with gemstone terms to become a better shopper.
How to Choose a Diamond Shape
Finding a diamond engagement ring that you can wear comfortably has much to do with the shape of the diamond or other gem that it holds. We'll help you decide which diamond shapes work best.
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.
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.
Your Birthstone Like You've Never Seen It
See how incredible the birthstones of each month look right after they are mined out of the ground.
7 Jewelry Hacks Using Household Items
These ingenious fine jewelry hacks use regular household items to help you clean, store, untangle, and maximize your most precious valuables.
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.
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.
What, Exactly, Is a Bezel Ring Setting?
A definition of the term bezel setting with a detailed illustration to help you visualize how a bezel setting is accomplished.
Get the Facts About Fancy Color Diamonds
Learn about fancy colored diamonds. Get pricing details, answers to fancy color diamond FAQ and the scoop on those popular pink diamonds.
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.
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.
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.
Rolo Chain
An illustration of a rolo chain, to help you visualize jewelry components when you shop online. Page 3.
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.
Facts About Bezel Settings
Our illustrated guide to bezel settings help you select or design an engagement ring and other jewelry.
Tips for Buying Jade
True jade exists as two different minerals, and in many colors. Our jade advice will help you make informed decisions when you shop for jade jewelry.
How to Clean Jewelry Safely and Effectively
Let's talk about some of the best (and safest) ways to clean different types of jewelry.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the traditional March birthstone. Read aquamarine buying advice and shop for aquamarine jewelry. Page 3.
Choose a Necklace That Flatters Your Face
An easy tutorial to help you choose necklaces and earrings that flatter the shape of your face, with celebrity photos that illustrate both excellent and poor choices.
What is a Karat?
Definition of the term karat from the About.com Jewelry glossary.
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.
Go-To Guide for Vintage Jewelry Shopping
A great resource packed with information about purchasing vintage 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.
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.
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.
How to Sell a Diamond Ring
So you've decided to sell your diamond engagement ring. These tips and steps will help you get the most out of your diamond.
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.
April Birthstone: Diamond Jewelry
Diamond is the traditional birthstone for the month of April. Find diamond buying advice, including in-depth tutorials about the Four Cs, and shop for diamond jewelry. Page 4.
What Is 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.
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.
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.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is the traditional January birthstone. Learn a little about garnet before you buy 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.
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.
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Gauges Before You...
Learn how body jewelry thickness is measured using a gauge system with these printable gauge charts and pictures.
8 Minimalist Jewelry Brands to Follow on...
Search through the very best minimalist fine jewelry from these extraordinary fine jewelry brands.
All About Tourmaline
Get the facts you need to shop for tourmaline, a popular gemstone that occurs in many colors.
How To Clean Your Fine Jewelry With Ammonia
Convinced that cleaning your fine jewelry with ammonia is the best choice? If so, learn here how to do so in a safe and effective way.
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.
7 Times Jewelry Layering Was Done Right
If you love the layered jewelry look, you will absolutely love these 7 different takes on layering jewelry from industry favorite Jacquie Aiche.
Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewelry
Take a peek at jewelry and fashions from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with a focus on jewelry and accessories worn on the couple's wedding day.
How to Recognize Popular Jewelry Chains
Pictures of popular jewelry chains to help you visualize jewelry when you read descriptions online.
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.
Timeline of Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry
A timeline of the terms antique, vintage, and estate.
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 Companies Offer Replicas of Camilla...
Jewelry companies have created inexpensive replicas of the engagement ring Britain's Prince Charles gave to Camilla Parker Bowles, a vintage platinum and diamond ring once owned by the Queen Mother. Would you buy one?
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.
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?
20 Interesting Facts about Emeralds
Twenty must-know facts everyone should know about emeralds.
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.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Gold Filled...
Learn the meaning of the term gold filled, and discover how gold filled jewelry compares to other types of gold.
20 Must Know Facts about Pearls
Some of the most intriguing and must-know facts about Pearls, the official birthstone of June.
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.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Use our tips to either transform a vintage ring or place its diamond into another setting.
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.
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.
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.
Amber Jewelry Advice
Advice to help you evaluate amber jewelry. Learn where amber originates and how to determine if amber is genuine.
Wheat Chain
Illustration of a wheat chain, a popular type of chain used to create jewelry. Page 2.
Piercing Your Belly Button - Step By Step...
A trip to Daytona Beach was the perfect time to get my belly button pierced.
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.
Engagement Ring Trends We Love
We'll help you explore engagement ring trends and discuss the options you'll see when you shop for an engagement ring.
How to Buy an Inexpensive Engagement Ring
It isn't difficult to buy a cheap engagement ring, and 'cheap' definitely does not mean ugly or boring. Follow our advice to find a ring she'll love.
The Right Way to Store Your Fine Jewelry
We've broken down some smart jewelry storage tips to help you make the most of your prized fine jewelry collection.
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.
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.
20 Must-Know Facts About Alexandrite
Twenty intriguing facts about Alexandrite, the alternative birthstone of June.
Get the Facts About Alexandrite
Facts about alexandrite, a color-changing gemstone discovered in Russia and named after Czar Alexader II.
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.
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.
Traditional Anniversary Gift Ideas With a Twist
Find out how to blend traditional anniversary gifts with the timeless appeal of jewelry.
Recycle Your Jewelry to Create New Designs
It's easy to turn your unused jewelry into fresh new designs. We'll show you how to tackle a do-it-yourself jewelry makeover.
Peridot
Peridot is a vivid, lime-green gems that's increasingly popular. Learn more about the August birthstone.
Vermeil
An explanation of the term 'vermeil,' from About.com Jewelry and Accessories.
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.
20 Must-Know Facts about Rubies
20 of the most amazing facts about Rubies, the official birthstone of July.
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.
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.
Emeralds, the May Birthstone
Our facts about emeralds provide a heads up about treatments and deceptive practices used to make an emerald more attractive.
Body Piercings
A quick guide to body piercings, including earlobe gauging, normal healing times, the best metals for new body piercings and more.
Elizabeth Taylor's Most Iconic Jewelry Moments
Take a look back at some of Elizabeth Taylor's most unforgettable fine jewelry.
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.
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.
Platinum vs. White Gold, Which is the Better...
Find out whether Platinum or White Gold is better for your engagement ring and wedding bands.
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.
Swank, Inc.
A profile of Swank, a company founded in 1897 that still designs and markets men's jewelry and accessories.
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.
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.
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.
Class Ring Trends and Photos
There's a class ring to suit just about any graduation -- designs are more varied than ever before. Let's look at some of the choices.
What to Ask Before Buying a Vintage Engagement...
Top five questions to ask if you are going to purchase an antique or vintage engagement ring.
Learn More about Early Victorian Era Jewelry
The Victorian Era is a well known jewelry period that can be further broken down into the early period and the late period. The early period takes place between 1837 and 1860.
1947 Wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince...
Glance back at photos from the 1947 Royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II.
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.
Tahitian Pearls
Use our resources to learn about Tahitian pearls and to shop for Tahitian pearl 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.
Average Healing Times for Body Piercings
Find out how long it usually takes common body piercings to heal.
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.
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.
Why the Mohs Scale Matters to Jewelry Lovers
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.
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.
Art Deco Jewelry
Learn characteristics that will help you identify Art Deco jewelry.

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