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!
Moissanite is a rare mineral found in very limited quantities or as minute particles in the earth. It is a natural silicon carbide within a meteorite. It is also called (SiC) silicon carbide.
Moissante is the Jewels Born from the Stars™ - perfected on Earth.
Harder than Sapphire and Ruby, and second in hardness only to diamond, it is acclaimed for its exceptional brilliance and fire.
Meteorite carrying a trace amount of silicon carbide crashes to the Earth, creating a meteor crater in Arizona, called Canyon Diablo. Particles will not be discovered until modern times. In 1893 French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan examines small geological samples and discovers crystals with extraordinary sparkle. As you can conclude the natural mineral is named after Dr Henri Moissa - in 1905 - an honor recommended by mineralogist, gem experts and former vice president of Tiffany & Co.
These natural silicon carbide crystals were so rare and unrefined, they couldn't be used to make jewelry. It was in the 1980's with the combination of advanced science and propriety technology, that gem-quality silicon carbide was lab-created and finally produced and available for use in jewelry.
In 1995, with the collaboration of a master gem cutter and a world-renowned scientist in the field of physical chemistry, a spectacular jewel with incredible visual characteristics would emerge.
1998 Charles & Colvard created Moissanite and we saw its debute in the jewelry industry. Charles & Colvard remain the sole source of Moissanite today, making the jewel available in many stores. Across the world people today enjoy and cherish the unique brilliance of stunning Moissanite Jewelry.
You know we're around the corner when you need your jewelry sparkling again, a minute dip in our ultrasonic special cleaning solution and you have those rings and pendants shining again like new! But we're not around right now, and most of us exercising the stay-at-home order. So, I'd like to share some home remedies for your jewelry!
Cleaning your jewelry at home can be time consuming, results may not be the same as dropping them off at our store on your way to the hair dresser, or nail salon appointment (as many of you do), but it will give your jewelry a fresh look.
Your jewelry settings will get clogged up with lotion and soap and other everyday dust and hair and so on, but before I tell you how to clean them, let's go over top few things you definitely SHOULD NOT use.
1. Hot water
2. Baking Soda
3. Salt, vinegar
These are all elements which are abrasive and will damage your piece. Vinegar is acidic and will also not be recommended. Hot as well as very cold water may damage certain gems as they don't take well to drastic temperature change, we wouldn't want to crack them.
Best way to clean your jewelry is lukewarm water and dishwater detergent. Dawn is a good one, and you only require a few drops. Let your pieces sit in the solution a while, then gently scrub them with an extra soft brand new toothbrush. Dry off your pieces with a paper towel, or a soft cotton cloth, gently not to snag the prongs.
The Mystical Amethyst
Color purple, the color of royalty and the mystical color of Amethyst and both color and gem have extremely powerful and spiritual vibration. The Amethyst a purple variety of quartz, is the gemstone of choice for psychics as it can take you to higher states of consciousness. It is also attributed to strong healing and cleansing of body, mind and soul.
If you're feeling scattered, Amethyst will help you refocus, and bring you spiritual insights and a better ability in decision making.
The most protective of all crystals, the Amethyst is known as the all-healer. Are you having problems getting a good night sleep or suffering headaches lately? Wearing an Amethyst while sleeping can help you rest. It would be a wonderful gemstone to take along to work, it will sooth you and guard you against anxiety, anger and impatience. If your daily tasks are overwhelming you at work, the Amethyst will be the gemstone to sooth you. Place an Amethyst on your computer table to avoid eye strain.
Indeed the healing properties of the Amethyst are many. A beautiful crystal one should appreciate.
If you have old rings with the Amethyst stone that you no longer wear because you don't like the style, we can redesign a new piece for your beautiful Amethyst to reign on! Or if you would like to purchase this stone, come visit us and browse our showcases, we'll can also show you samples of stones, various sizes and work with you on a new piece.
Ever heard of the 'precious four' gems of the world?
They are the diamond, sapphire and ruby, and the Emerald.
The latter is one of the most famous of the Beryl group of minerals, another famous gem is Aquamarine, also from the Beryl group of minerals, famous for March born babies of course. But Aquamarine is liked by many because of its beautiful breathtaking sea-blue colors which can range from light to dark-blue. It vibrates well with the soulful nature, Mystical and clear, it brings any metal to life, be it white gold, yellow gold or rose gold. Aquamarine is exceptionally hard and has an outstanding vitreous (glass-like) luster.
Aquamarine and emerald are beryllium aluminum silicates. Emerald is colored by trace amounts of chromium (and vanadium), aquamarine gets its color from iron impurities within colorless beryl crystal. Unlike the emerald, aquamarine has excellent transparency and clarity. Like seawater, aquamarine can be light-blue, dark-blue, blue-green and green-blue. The dark, deeply saturated blue is the most desirable and valuable aquamarine color. The intensity of color and the clarity of the stone are the most important criteria when evaluating aquamarine, followed closely by quality of cut. On the Mohs scale aquamarine is 7.5 - 8.
It was in 1910 when the "Minas Gerais" mine in Marambaya, Brazil, unearthed a stone of 243 lb (110.5 kg), 18 inches (48.5 cm) long and 15.5 inches in diameter, the largest find of gemstone quality aquamarine that was cut into many gemstones with a total weight of more than 100,000 carats.
The 'Dom Pedro', weighing 26 kg and cut in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in 1992 by the gemstone designer Bernd Munsteiner, is the largest single piece of aquamarine to have ever been cut.
So your favorite gold chain broke, and your diamond ring won't slide on your finger as it used to because you either gained weight or lost weight, you're thinking "I need to take these to a jeweler". Your first thought is the chain jewelry stores, but here's a few reasons you should consider your local family owned jewelry store.
Jewels Quest is one of those small businesses owned and operated by family for over 13 years. Now 13 years doesn't mean our experience in the jewelry industry is that long, in fact it is much longer. From father to son, the expertise in jewelry making, repairing and selling goes as far back as 40 years. And even though the store opened only in 2000, the people running it have been in the industry for two generations.
Coming to a small business jewelry store, ensures you will get extra personalized service, a one on one communication with the owner/jeweler expert, and you will also find the prices far more competitive. With a lower overhead, a small jewelry store will be able to pass down savings to you.
Jewels Quest will also repair your precious jewelry right there on the premise. A lot of large jewelers send out your diamond rings and pieces to a third party. Not Jewels Quest, and this has been a very important factor with our customers. Often leaving their diamond rings in-store and feeling secure that their piece will not leave the premise is very reassuring.
Top reasons to go to a small business jeweler like Jewels Quest:
1. One on one personalized service
2. Expert repair service done on the premise
3. Lower prices on repairs
4. Faster service
5. Helping small businesses
Here's a reality about larger jewelery chain stores:
1. Often send their repair jobs out to third party
2. Turn around time longer
3. You deal with sales persons, not owner
4. Prices are higher (they have larger overhead)
5. Yes they have bigger discounts up to 75% off on merchandise, but their mark ups are very high to begin with.
So next time you are in the market for jewelry, or need jewelry services, consider Jewels Quest, a mom and pop small business. You'll be getting superior service, great deals and helping your local business at the same time,
We deal with diamonds, gold and sterling silver, precious metals and stones. But we find Copper to be an attractive metal to make jewelry from as well. It has a look and feel that many connect too. While Copper isn't a precious metal, it is or can be considered the greatest discovery after fire. Ancient civilization took a giant leap into the bronze age due to its discovery and usage. history shows the early importance of Copper in many ancient worlds such as ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and early Americas.
The Island of Cyprus is one of the sources of Copper and its name given by the Romans. Copper first discovered 13,000 years ago, is the oldest mined mineral and was found in Egyptian and Sumerian household items like cooking pots by 3800 BC.
Ancient Egyptians were first to create an alloy of tin and copper, otherwise known as Bronze and an alloy if zinc and copper, known as Brass. And this propelled them toward modern Civilization. By 2500BC Copper had become a very valuable item, wealthy Egyptians wore Copper jewelry and the usage of it also meant higher social status. They created jewelry and crowns and the jewelry makers were highly regarded. One can see jewelry making on painted monuments and walls.
ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICANS
Copper has been found in may archeological sites, timing the usage of the metal around the same time Egyptians were mining it. Early Native Americans made jewelry out of Copper, hammered and etched pieces and beads, and later traded Copper bracelets with the Europeans. The Navajo are credited with creating Copper jewelry for trading, and by late 1800's, Copper jewelry became common in the South West.
Arizona is the largest deposits of Copper.
In the Mid 20th Century the interest in Copper soared for various reasons, from the early modernist Francisco Rebajes, the abstract and bold designs of Renoir-matisse by Jerry Fells, traditional symbols of Native American culture and the re-emergence of healing beliefs in the properties of Copper; to today's great appeal in the special qualities and healing properties which is said to stimulate the mental flow of energy. Copper, since Prehistoric times, still catches the interest of many who see beauty and value in it.
We get asked this question often, so here is a blog worth revisiting, Chrysoprase is a very rare form of the Quartz with colors ranging from light to dark greens, the traces of nickel found in it is what gives its color. Chrysoprase is a cryptocrystalline, it is not formed by large six sided crystals, the size of the crystals are extremely small and invisible to the naked eye, and why it is rare.
Chrysoprase has a hardness of about 7 to 8 and is a great gemstone to be shaped into beads or other shapes.
Chrysoprase was one of the most sought after stones during the middle ages. It was mined in Silesia (Northern Czech Republic and Southern Poland), and were used as architectural decorations, mainly in major churches. Today is it mined in Australia and often referred to as Australian Jade.
This magic stone was recharged outdoors at half moon to ensure good health and happy marriages. St Wenceslas chapel in Prague has decorations made with Chrysoprase. It has the healing power of balancing body, mind and body. If you suffer from high blood pressure, wear this stone against your skin. Chrysoprase calms you down and also clears the mind, you'll begin to think more clearly. It is believed to be an important stone for those born under the sign of Cancer. It provides balance between the conscious and subconsious.
Nothing is more soothing than the beautiful translucent Aquamarine gem which gets its name from the latin meaning sea and water. The turquoise soft hues bring a fresh and calming feeling to the wearer. Birthstone of the Month of March but only since 1912. On the Mohs scale, it ranks 7.5 - 8 in hardness.
If you are celebrating your 16th or 19th anniversary, you might want to find a jewelry set with the Aquamarine. This gem is a member of the Beryl family, its hues range from very light to deep blue, the latter is the most prized. Some have shades of green too. One particular vivid blue Aquamarine is called Santa Maria, because it comes from Brazil's Santa Maria de Itabira mine. These gems are also found in Mexico, the Middle East, Africa and the U.S.A.
It is one of the popular gems, they bring charm and make beautiful jewelry, an Aquamarine will have a different look but an enchanting look wether set in white or yellow piece.
As a healing stone, Aquamarine is said to help those suffering from anxiety. It brings foresight to the wearer, as well as courage and happiness. Who wouldn't feel happy with the lightness and beauty of this gem. It opens the heart and lighten the energy, it is no wonder healers will often use this gem to harmonize a diseased body.
Sailors have long considered the Aquamarine a lucky stone, they believe it keeps them protected and prevents sea sickness.