When one thinks of ancient Rome, visions of gladiators, their swords flashing in the Italian sun, billowing cloaks fastened in front with ornately decorated gold brooches, women in flowing robes, fabulous necklaces resting beneath a head of curls, comes to mind. Glorious drop earrings of coloured stones adorn their ears, gold snake-style bracelets their upper arms.
Jewelry was big in ancient Rome. Very big. Since the Romans believed that jewelry warded off the “Evil Eye”, no one went without at least one piece.
The most common pieces of jewelry in early Rome were brooches and rings. The brooch was a versatile item, securing not only cloaks but clothing in general. Since clothing was generally pinned rather than sewn, decorated items called a fibula, made of gold and decorated with semi-precious stones, were used to secure the folds.
The early Italians sculpted jewelry from crude gold, rather than silver. This jewelry …
The wedding band is made from platinum, silver, or gold, with a super simplistic design and is a very popular piece of jewelry. But, there are also the more stylized rings that may include decorated metal work or include diamonds. Because of the minimal design of the wedding band, they are usually a lot less expensive compared to the more intricate wedding ring.
A regular blazer can easily be updated with the addition of the stylish or simple buttons. Many of the common buttons are in silver or gold, while mother of pearl and horn are further options. When looking at the styles of button it is essential to choose the plain or ornamented button that fully complements the look of the blazer.
Shirt studs and cufflinks
Shirt stubs and cufflinks are practical pieces of jewelry. The shirt stubs replace the standard buttons down the front …
This is the more important point that you should consider before you go shopping. Knowing your budget will help you narrow your search down and save you time shopping. Wedding jewelry can be expensive so it is best that you have a fixed certain amount to help make the selection easier.
When doing your budget it should include not only your jewelry but also your wedding gown and accessories. You should also know what your wedding gown would look like in order to make sure that the jewelry will complement your wedding gown. Most brides like to wear a necklace on their wedding day so to get the right one you need to know what the neckline of your wedding dress will be. For example, if your wedding dress is elaborate or heavy, you might want to consider going with simple jewelry.
Color and fabric
Silver tribal jewelry
This form of jewelry is mainly worn as a single piece like a neckpiece, earrings, or bracelet. When made from silver it is generally left unpolished in order to maintain that crude look. Silver body jewelry that is highly finished is very expensive but also fashionable. The bangles are usually carved with the designs of skeletons, animal heads and more. On the pendants, you will see molded faces of various Gods.
Organic tribal jewelry
If a man wants to look like a true tribal man then they need go organic. These pieces are made of animal parts, plants, shells, bamboo, wood, and amber. For making labret, earrings, septum, rings, and more, mineral stones such as quartz, agate, onyx, obsidian, amethyst, and more are used. The jewelry that is made from the horns and bones are generally used as a headpiece.
Iron tribal jewelry
This type of jewelry …
Ultrasonic cleaners are safe for most gemstones, but not all. Some examples are: opal, tanzanite, emeralds, and a few more. These should be cleaned manually with a brand new, soft toothbrush. I say brand new because an old one will have toothpaste residue which is abrasive. You can set this toothbrush aside and use it exclusively for this purpose. I know there are a lot of people who will suggest using toothpaste to clean and polish jewelry, but over time, this will dull the finish, or luster on softer gemstones.
There are several smaller ultrasonic cleaners that are suitable for use at home ranging in price from around $40 to around $500. A cheaper unit is fine if you will be using it for a few minutes once in a while, as they are not designed for continuous use. They will over-heat and burn out. The more expensive models are …
Blue sapphire – The blue sapphire is exceptionally beautiful and has this royalty look to it. It symbolizes harmony and calm. It is among the most popular colors in the sapphire gemstone world and they are considered the most valuable.
Yellow sapphire – It might not be as popular, but it signifies status and wisdom and is also associated with wealth. The yellow stones range from light greenish yellow to a lighter version of the same to orange yellow that could have intense or weak color saturation. In essence, the finest yellow sapphire is one that is between yellow and orange with saturation that is vivid.
White sapphire – If you have a caring and kind nature, then this is the color that you should think about when choosing your sapphire because it represents care and kindness.
Pink sapphire – Pink sapphires range from red to purple with vivid to …
- The Appearance: White gold is basically a mix of gold, various metal alloys and a plating of rhodium. It derives the white color from the rhodium plating and looks just like platinum. Over a period of time, the plating will wear off and make it appear grayish-yellow. Platinum on the other hand, is naturally white and retains its color throughout. You might have to re-plate women’s or men’s wedding bands in white gold but not the ones made using platinum.
- The Cost: There is a price difference between white gold and platinum. The latter is denser & retains it’s white color over time; whereas white gold doesn’t. To make a platinum ring, more metal is used compared to gold wedding bands. In addition, more labor is involved in making a platinum ring with a higher purity compared to mainstream white gold rings. This contributes to its higher price tag.
Some of the terms commonly used on diamond certificates are explained below:
Stone ID – Every diamond is given its own unique ID, with all those numbers registered and stored in a global database.
Date – As you might have guessed, this is the date on which the report was issued.
Cut and Shape – Standard round brilliant is the most common shape, with the others referred to as fancy shapes or cuts. The name of the others is dependent on their shape. Among the most popular of this group are process cut, oval emerald, marquise, heart, radiant, and per-shaped.
Dimensions – Round shapes have dimensions stated as “largest diameter – smallest diameter X depth,” while other shapes are stated as “length X width X depth.”
Carat Weight – The weight of a gemstone is measured in carats, with .200 grams equal to 1 carat. The ct. abbreviation is usually …
Shopping by shape
The most important cut is the brilliant round. When well-polished, it interacts with light to show hue from all directions. They offer the maximum sparkle and fire performance. This cut is also the most expensive
There are other fancy shapes that look great for the ring. Princess diamond cuts have a contemporary beauty that gives it the brilliance of a brilliant round but at a lower price. Cushion diamonds are great for vintage settings, while marquise shapes are perfect for traditional weddings. Other lovely shapes include pear, oval radiant, heart, emerald, and Asscher.
Choice of the carat weight and size
The weight of the diamond is measured in carats, with each carat being 0.2 grams. The value of diamonds goes up with higher carat points. The size of the diamond may or may not mean higher carat points. When selecting the perfect diamond for your ring, choose …
Do your research
Just like when you are buying any other unit, you need to undertake a lot of research for you to buy the right necklace, bangle, or any other unit. The cool thing is that you can get a lot of valuable information online. In addition to researching the best and most reputable store to buy from, you should also familiarize yourself with the 4 C’S and the different types of metals used in making the jewelry. You should also take your time and know what you should look out for when buying the different pieces and how to evaluate their quality.
Paying a lot of attention on the trends
There is nothing wrong with following trends as it shows that you are a knowledgeable person; however, you shouldn’t allow it to be the sole determinant in making the decision on whether to make the purchase or not. …