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Definition of some Jewelry terms
This website is one I just recently became aware of, that has some accurate definitions of common Jewelry terms.
Glossary of Pearl terminology
Wealth of information for terms used regarding Pearl items. Colors, types, Terms for Different lengths of Pearl Strands. A MUST READ
How many items in a Gross?
Definition: There are 12 dozen or 144 pieces in 1 Gross.
How to buy Jewelry, FTC-All that glitters
Have you ever wondered why an item of yours was taken off Ebay? Ever wondered about an item that had a confusing description of an item you are interested in purchasing? Ever been ripped off because of the way someone incorrectly described something? The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Has guidelines and descriptions for EVERYONE selling Jewelry or Jewelry items in the USA. Descriptions listed there apply to all Jewelry.
Information about Turquoise
Turquoise, a collector's Guide. Did you know that 80% of the Turquoise on the market today is Chinese or Tibetan? This article is interesting and covers a stone that has always been one of my Favorites.
Information Identifying Different Types of Ivory
This website I just found and can not verify it's correctness. It covers the different types of Ivory.
Information What is this Green Stone?
This website has a large selection of "green" colored stones of different types. I have not checked each for accuracy, so let the viewer beware!
Information- Costume Jewelry grading
For Accurate Costume Jewelry grading I recommend Janet Gaynor's information. Janet, whose website I have been on for about 10 years, has (in my opinion) the most ethical and accurate condition descriptions I know.
Jadeite and Nephrite jade
Jade is one of the strongest materials and can be quite beautiful. We have instock both Jadeite and Nephrite varieties of Jade. 'Jade', or yu, as it is called in China, is strictly speaking a generic term for two different gems, nephrite and jadeite. The name is derived from the Spanish piedra de ijada, loin-stone, jade having been recognised by the American Indians as a remedy for kidney ailments. Because of its beneficial effect on the kidneys, the stone was also known as lapis nephriticus. That, indeed, is where the term 'nephrite' came from. Jadeite and nephrite are both regarded in China as zhen yu, 'genuine jade'. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that mineralogists and gemmologists started to differentiate between them, since they bear a considerable resemblance to each other in terms of their appearance, their hardness and the properties they exhibit when being processed. Both are tough, since they consist of dense, close-grained, matted aggregates, but they differ from one another in their chemical composition and colours. Nephrite ranges mainly from mid to dark green or grey-green, but it can also be white, yellowish or reddish. RARER AND SOMEWHAT TOUGHER JADEITE, displays hues which include green, but also white or pink, and reds, blacks, browns and violets. In both minerals, the way the colour is distributed varies a great deal. Only in the very finest jade is the colour evenly distributed. Both nephrite and jadeite often have veins, blemishes and streaks running through them, though these may not always be regarded as flaws. On the contrary, some of these patterns are considered particularly valuable. JADEITE JADE Jadeite is the rarest of the two jade variations, and the most expensive. Most of the world's supply of fine jadeite comes from Burma, but deposits are found in Guatemala and a few other areas around the world. Jadeite occurs in many colors: greens, white, lavender, yellows and oranges, black, reds and more. Evenly colored, translucent emerald green jadeite is called Imperial Jade. Jadeite ranks at about 7 on the Mohs scale, compared to 10 for a diamond, but don't let that fool you--jade is a tough mineral that resists chipping and breaking. That is why some stones can be cut wafer thin and still be strong enough to not break. Nephrite Nephrite is the second variety of jade. It is more plentiful than jadeite--and less expensive. Nephrite is common to Canada, California and Wyoming, to name a few areas of deposit. A traditional source of nephrite is the Xinjiang Province in China, which produced the jade used by Chinese artisans until Burmese jadeite began to be imported in the 1700's. Nephrite deposits have been discovered all around the world, even in the United States. Nephrite jade is found in fewer colors than jadeite. Instead of a bright emerald green, nephrite greens are often grayish, mottled, or more subdued. Nephrite ranks at about 6.5 on the Mohs scale. Because it is softer than jadeite, finished pieces cannot be as highly polished.
Online Encyclopedia of Silver marks,Hallmarks, and Maker's Marks
This is an Online Encyclopedia of American, British, and World Hallmarks. It also has Articles on Silver, Books and Resources. It has over 8500 silver Marks and is updated regularly. ANOTHER MUST HAVE.
Reference Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks
This book has a wealth of information regarding the Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks.
Researching Costume Jewelry Companies
Dottie Stringfield and Pat Seal have done a magnificant job compiling the data for researching all the Costume Jewelry Companies listed, to assist you in finding out about your special treasure.
Stone cuts vs Stone shapes
Stone cuts are different methods of forming or fashioning a rough rock. Examples of different cuts or forming a glass or natural stone are: Faceted cut where different cuts are made on the stone to reflect light either into or off of it, like mirrors. Cabochon cut is where the bottom of the stone is flat and top is domed shape. Buff-Top Doublet is where the top is smoth and domed and the bottom of the stone is pointed. Stone Shapes define the standard geometric shapes that a finished stone has. Like a Round, Oval, Pear, Cushion, Antique Square etc
Trifari Patent Information Pictures and dates
Jim Katz gave me permission to list this link. There is a huge amount of information giving the dates and pictures of Trifari Patents.
What is a Buff Top Doublet cut?
A Buff Top Doublet is the name of a type of Cut for a stone. It is a cut where the top is domed and the bottom part of the stone is pointed.
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