Bridal Fashion Jewelry
by: Lisa Arons
Jewellery (spelled jewelry in American English) refers to ornamental devices
worn by persons, typically made with gems and precious metals. Costume jewelry
is made from less valuable materials. However, jewelry can and has been made out
of almost every kind of material. Examples include bracelets, necklaces, rings,
and earrings, as well as items like hair ornaments or body piercing jewelry.
Jewelry, particularly when made with precious materials, is generally considered
valuable and desirable. Some cultures have a practice of keeping large amounts
of wealth stored in the form of jewelry. Jewelry can also be symbolic, as in the
case of Christians wearing a crucifix in the form of jewelry, or, as is the case
in many Western cultures, married people wearing a wedding ring. And what can
symbolize love and, of course, the wedding ceremony more than a diamond?
Diamonds are graded by four characteristics: cut, carat (weight), clarity, and
color. All four of these properties determine how much a diamond is worth.
Cut - What is the proportion of the diamond? Round brilliant diamonds are
commonly cut with 58 facets. The better proportioned these facets are on the
diamond, the more light will be reflected back to the viewer's eye. This is
extremely important. When cut properly, the diamond will sparkle more. Diamond
cuts are measured by the table percentage, so always ask for it. Cut also refers
to the shape such as: round, pear, and oval.
Carat - How big is the diamond? Larger diamonds often cost more per carat due to
their size. There are 100 points to a carat. Hence a 50 point diamond is 1/2 a
carat. (There are 5 carats to a gram.)
Clarity - How clear is the stone? Clarity ranges from flawless (perfect) to I
(included). Here is a summary:
Color: Diamond colors generally range from D - X for white and yellow diamonds.
D is the whitest. Around S they become "Fancy" yellow Diamonds. One can also
find green, pink, red, blue and brown diamonds - though these are usually
Diamonds are often treated. If you are concerned about getting true value for
your money, know what you are getting. Be sure to read the fine print.
Diamonds with inclusions are sometimes filled with glass to make them appear
clearer. An inclusion is an imperfection internal to the diamond. Filler can be
damaged by heat, ultrasonic cleaning, and by re-tipping. The filling does not
repair the inclusion, it just makes it less visible. They can be painted to
offset a yellow tinge. The paint wears off rather quickly.
Finally, now that you have that precious stone, here are some tips as to how to
take care of it. Diamonds are often thought to be unshatterable. Unfortunately,
this is not the case. Diamonds are brittle: If you hit a diamond hard, they WILL
crack or chip if mishandled. Don't wear your diamond when doing rough work.
Storage: Store diamonds separately. When stored with other jewelry, diamonds may
scratch other jewelry (or each other).
Cleaning: The best method for cleaning is a jeweler's polishing cloth. Many
jewelers will clean your diamond ring for free if you are making another
purchase in the store.
How to Choose Colors for Your
Bridesmaids' Jewelry on Your Wedding Day
When designing jewelry, the sky is the limit as far as color choices, stones,
shapes and over-all design. But just like a cherry on a sundae or the star on
the top of a Christmas tree, no outfit is complete without jewelry.
Choosing Pearl Jewelry
When choosing pearls there are a number of things to consider besides just
the quality of the pearls. While there is no right or wrong way to chose pearls,
here are a few tips you should consider.
Multi Gemstone Rings, Why Wear Rings
With Many Gemstones
The current trend is to combine various colored gemstones into one ring. There
are a few reasons why jewelry lovers choose to wear such multi colored gemstone
Planning the Perfect Wedding Gift List
The ages of people getting married are changing. This means
that there are now many stages when you may or may not need things. This quick
guide should help you with some pointers on where to focus your list.
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Lisa Arons is a writer at http://Beautiful-Earrings.com where you can find a
variety of articles and items including necklaces, rings and bracelets. Visit
http://www.beautiful-earrings.com for additional jewelry information and