♫ April 7th, 2013 10:54 pm
One of the biggest factors in choosing handmade jewelry is quality. Quality refers to the appearance of the piece as well as the durability of it. Some jewelry is made by welding pieces together. Others are made with epoxy or glue. Still other pieces are made with neither of those things, and use instead a method called wire wrapping to make the jewelry.
In addition to the method used to create the jewelry, you need to consider what the jewelry is made of. What type of metal is it? What type of beads are used in making the jewelry? These are important questions to ask. The more durable or precious the metal the better off you will be with the piece. In addition, you want to avoid plastic beads.
Obviously things made of plastic or with epoxy or glue will not be of good quality. If you buy these pieces at all you should not pay much for them. However, many people do not realize that wire wrapping is of higher quality than welded pieces. This is because the welding may come loose over time or with the wrong type of pressure. Wire wrapping on the other hand can last for centuries.
Another thing to consider is what will be required to care for the piece. The piece should not require any special care instructions, especially if you are getting it for a young girl. This leaves out silver as it must be kept in an air tight space and be polished from time to time. Copper may also be an unwise choice, as it develops a patina over time and must also be cleaned specially. However, galvanized metal or wire is a great material for those who can wear it. It has no special care necessary, and can be cleaned using regular soap and water if it becomes dirty.
If you or the person you are buying jewelry for have allergies to certain metals, you will want to be very careful in choosing your handmade jewelry. Most handmade jewelry is made of “fake” metals like galvanized metal. However, these individuals may not require a piece of gold jewelry either. Often those with metal allergies are fine with copper or fine silver jewelry. Look for handmade pieces with these metals if you are unsure about metal allergies.
♫ August 13th, 2012 4:44 am
In the market, there are various kinds of diamond pendants being sold as diamonds come in all shapes, sizes and colors. There are those which are in cut in the shape of a star. There are those huge diamonds which cost a lot of money. And there are those diamonds that come in different colors.
Those diamonds that have different colors are those that have been treated by the jeweler in an attempt to improve the appearance of the diamond. Jewelers often treat the diamond to improve its existing clarity and color. This treatment would be able to further improve the overall appearance of the diamond.
To be able to improve the appearance of diamond necklaces and diamond earrings, jewelers would inspect for the diamonds for microscopic cracks. If they do, they fill up the cracks with molten glass. This would result in the diamond going up the diamond grading system one grade higher. However sometimes they use bromine instead of molten glass. The downside of using bromine is that it results in discoloration at times. As a point of caution, always ask what materials were used when you buy treated diamonds.
There are various kinds of treated diamonds. Some colored diamonds are just painted. These painted diamonds often have a yellowish tinge around it. The color is used to make the diamond look more translucent and more beautiful. Some diamonds, with electron bombardment, are colored darker to entirely change the diamond’s original color. The other diamonds are treated by means of laser drills.
The laser drills are used to reach the dark spots in diamonds. These dark spots are bleached in order to lighten the color and make the overall color of the diamond more even. After they bleach the dark spots in the diamonds, the tiny holes inside are then filled with molten glass.
The treated diamonds are usually very beautiful. It can even be cheaper than diamonds that are not treated. It is good for buyers who cannot afford to buy the better quality diamonds. But with treated diamonds, they can get a good looking diamond for only a fraction of the price they would need to pay for a beautiful yet untreated diamond.