- Why is platinum jewelry more expensive than some gold and silver jewelry?
Platinum is rarer than sterling silver and gold and more durable. This is a common law in commerce and it is found often in jewelry. Platinum will hold its brilliant white color for a lifetime, while white gold will fade and take on its natural yellow undertone. This makes platinum an excellent choice for fine jewelry and designer jewelry.
- Can platinum jewelry be engraved?
While durable, platinum is soft and malleable making it an excellent choice for engraving.
- Who can benefit the most from platinum jewelry?
Those with allergies, platinum is hypoallergenic, which means it is not likely to cause an allergic reaction in individuals with metal sensitivities. Even if you normally get rashes from gold and silver jewelry, you can wear your platinum wedding rings 24 hours a day without any problems. Platinum won't oxidize like sterling silver, so it won't ever need special cleaning. Platinum jewelry is a fantastic investment, whether you choose platinum engagement rings, platinum necklace chains or platinum tennis bracelets.
Rhodium is a precious metal not feasible to make solid jewelry, and believe it or not it is about ten times if not more costlier than gold, however it is great for plating white gold jewelry. Rhodium is much more whiter, chrome like and makes a piece dazzling.
Many people don't realize that White Gold in its natural state truly is champagne color tinted, it is the Rhodium with which it is plated that gives it that incredible bright white shine. Over time and wear, the plating fades revealing the yellowish tint of the white gold. This is when you need to give your white gold jewelry a little trip to what we call the Jewels Quest Jewelry SPA where your precious pieces are first cleaned in special solution, plated with the Rhodium to recapture that white clean glow and given a polish for that extra shine and finalized with a steam bath!
The process makes your dulled rings look as new as the day you purchased it.
Rhodium plating can also be used on silver, most of our silver jewelry collection in store is rhodium plated which helps prevents it from quickly tarnishing as silver tends to do.
Another reason to make sure and give your diamond jewelry a Rhodium plating is that it makes diamonds look bigger and brighter, nothing sets off diamonds like rhodium plating!
The word diamond comes from the Greek "adamas" meaning invicible, a perfect description for a gem which is the hardest mineral known to man. 10 on the Moh scale. So what is the Moh scale anyway you ask. Moh's scale of mineral hardness quantifies the scratch resistance of minerals by comparing the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer one. The Moh's scale was created in 1812 by Friedrich Mohs, a German minerologist. On the scale in position 7 is the quartz, 8 is Topaz, 9 is Corundum (Ruby is a variety of corundum) and 10 is the supreme diamond, the hardest natural occurring material. A natural allotrope of carbon. The crystal bond structure of diamonds give the stone its hardness.
Have you ever wondered what goes into cutting a rough diamond? There are several steps are called marking, cleaving, sawing, girdling, and faceting. The most popular style of cut is the brilliant cut, a round stone with 58 facets. A single cut is a simple form of cutting a round diamond with only 18 facets. Any style of diamond cutting other than the round brilliant or single cuts is called a fancy cut, or fancy shape; important fancy cuts include the marquise, emerald, oval, baguette, heart shape, pear shape, kite, triangle, and trilliant. The term melee is used to describe smaller brilliant-cut diamonds as well as all small diamonds that are used in embellishing mountings for larger gems.
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World renowned Belgian diamond cutter Gabi Tolkowsky, cousin of Marcel Tolkowsky who in 1919 developed the Ideal cut, played a cd to his audience during a conference a while back, and blew their mind away. An abstract spacey sound filled the room. This random but beautiful new age type, other-worldly melody played for a while before Mr. Tolkowsky announced the composers - 2 diamonds.
Yes, you may soon want to hear what your diamond sounds like, and know what melody it is playing for you. While you may not find Tolkowsky's diamond music as an MP3 readily downloadable, you won't be able to deny the dreamy and striking melodies if you heard it. With the advance technology today, it is possible to translate lightwave patterns to soundwaves, and each diamond possesses a unique pattern, it too can create a unique sound.
One day you may go to your jeweler and select a diamond not only because of its visual characteristics but also for its unique sound!
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