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Types of pearls and how to care for them

Types of pearls and how to care for them There are many different types of pearl, some are rarer than others Pearls are created from the protective reaction of an oyster or mussel to the accidental or deliberate introduction of a foreign body into the shell. A pearl sac will form and concentric layers of nacre that surround the foreign body, slowly form the pearl, layer by layer producing the lustre that pearls are famed for. Cultured and Natural pearls A natural pearl is formed accidentally and without any human intervention, while a cultured pearl is started by the introduction of an irritant by man, after which the process is continued solely by the metabolism of the living mollusc. Pearls...

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Resizing a Ring

Resizing A Ring. Your partner will have put a lot of time and effort into picking out the perfect engagement ring for you. Sometimes they can strike it lucky and it will be the exact fit but if it isn’t then do not panic. Most rings are able to be resized and this is a very common procedure so you will not be apart from your ring for too long. A ring may also be resized due to weight loss or gain as these can cause it to either be too loose or too tight. You may even want it resized because you purely have decided to change it to another finger. The perfect fit is when the ring slides on easily but...

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Express Your Own Personal Style In A Unique Engagement Ring!

Express Your Own Personal Style In A Unique Engagement Ring! We all know that phrase "Diamonds are a girls best friend" but sometimes a classic solitaire sparkler does not cut the mustard! While some of us may opt for a stunning diamond ring, others may wish to surprise the love of their life! Maybe a truly unique and unusual engagement ring that expresses our own personal style? Diamonds are a truly wonderful traditional choice of engagement ring. They go with everything and compliment your hand. Also, diamonds were used to symbolise eternity and love. Nowadays things have changed and brides-to-be are looking at more unusual and unique styles. Luckily for the groom-to-be, they don't have to break the bank either!...

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How To Care For Your Antique Jewellery

How To Care For Your Antique Jewellery- Basic Jewellery Care All antique jewellery needs to be looked after carefully and certain pieces need selective care but in the norm you should be following these basics so that your precious pieces last for generations to come. Sunlight- This can damage or fade certain stones so it is wise to store any jewellery that is not being worn away, either in a jewellery box or a dark pouch. Over time pearls may bleach and begin to peel if they are exposed to too much sun and if there is a sudden change in temperature then the natural moisture in a pearl could possibly dry out causing cracks. Opals are the opposite and...

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Birthstones - Which one is mine?

Birthstones - Which one is mine? Experts believe that birthstones can be traced back to the Bible. In Exodus 28, Moses sets forth directions for making special garments for Aaron, brother of Moses and the High Priest of the Hebrews. Specifically, the breastplate was to contain twelve precious gemstones, each representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Aaron's ceremonial breastplate is said to be the origin of birthstones. How did these breastplate gems turn into the birthstones we all know today? Stepping forward to the 1st and 5th century AD scholars, Flavius Josephus and St. Jerome, are credited with associating the 12 breastplate gems with the 12 signs of the zodiac. Some believe that these stones have healing or other metaphysical properties, while...

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