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What Ring Setting Should You Choose?

When it comes to rings, no two are the same. The differences are especially glaring when it comes to ring settings. There are a variety of different settings, each with its own unique advantages. Some go for a fully tailored ring setting service by opting for a custom wedding jewelry design at the jewelry store. Others choose to select one of the popular ring settings that they’ve seen on their friends, family, social media etc. Let’s take a look at some of the most common settings. Prong Setting The most popular ring setting is referred to as the prong setting. The name “prong” comes from the small metal claw that grabs the diamond and firmly secures it. Prongs can be all sorts of shapes, from V-shaded to rounded, flat etc. The V-shape is especially popular for princess-cut style diamonds. The majority of prong settings have four or six prongs. The advantage of four prongs is the ability to see the diamond in full. With little metal, the diamond is prominently featured and light passes through it with ease. Bezel Setting The second most common ring setting is called the bezel. It is best described as a contemporary aesthetic favored by those who are constantly on the run. It doesn’t snag and the diamond stays well-protected, regardless of one’s activities. Rather than holding the diamond by prongs, this setting uses a metal rim to encircle the center stone or diamond. Bezel settings can be either partial or full. The full variety completely encircles the diamond while the partial one allows the sides to remain open. Channel Setting This ring setting...

How To Find the Perfect Engagement Ring For Your Fiancee

If you are in the market for an engagement ring, you have a fun but demanding challenge ahead of you. Finding the perfect engagement ring takes a bit of time and effort. More importantly, it takes a knowledge of rings as well the style of one’s significant other. The Perfect Shape When examining rings, take a close look at each’s shape. Shape refers to the stone’s geometry while the cut refers to angles of stone facets. The shape matters more than most other characteristics. Does your fiancee prefer a round diamond, or perhaps the square princess cut? Diamonds are also available in oval, pear and heart shapes. Find out what shape your fiancee adores and keep it in mind when hunting for her engagement ring. Quality Setting The ring must have a high quality setting. The setting refers to the metal framework where the stone is placed. The setting really has the potential to add or subtract to the stone’s beauty. Some choose to combine opposite stones and settings to create a more complex and intricate aesthetic. Focus on the Stones When examining loose stones, inspect them with a loupe. This is the handheld magnifier that just about every jeweler has. Your Snow’s Jewelry stone expert will guide you around the stone, telling you exactly what to look for. Diamonds of one carat or more should be sold with a gem report. This is the gemologist’s review of the stone’s color. It should also have a clarity assessment. Metal Matters There are plenty of metals to pick from for the band. Platinum is quite popular as it stands the test of...

A Look at The History of October’s Birthstones

October’s Birthstones – Did you know that those born in October have an option of two birthstones? It’s true. October babies can have their choice of opal or tourmaline. So why does October have two when other months only have one? The practice of wearing birthstones dates back hundreds of years ago, and their origin of the fashion is largely debated. But in an effort to standardize the birthstones, the National Association of Jewelers decided to create a list of accepted birthstones for each month in 1952. That last has since been tweaked over the years to reflect changes in styles and availability of stones on the market. In October’s case, the opal was seen by many to be too feminine in appearance and there were questions about its durability. So the association decided to add tourmaline to the mix. More recently, it was decided that the October birthstones would be opal and pink tourmaline, specifically. So which one do you choose when picking out personalized jewelry? Take a closer look at each of these stones and see which one fits you. Opal Opal is a sensitive silica material that contains water. When the water exits an opal, the stone looks smaller and often shows slight cracks due to the stress of evaporation. Opals are created in volcanic rocks as well as cracks and cavities. They are known for their many colors that flash when the stone is moved.  The majority of opals come from Australia — it’s the country’s national gemstone — especially the gorgeous black variety. Mexico is the home of the first fire opals, though wondrous fire opals can also be found...

Easy Ways to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry

Why bother going to a fine jewelry store to purchase quality sterling silver jewelry if you aren’t going to maintain it? Sterling silver likes to be worn: with daily wear, your jewelry gets the movement it needs to keep itself clean. But if you’re storing your sterling silver jewelry for another day, it will eventually begin to tarnish. Luckily, cleaning sterling silver is relatively easy. Regular Cleaning Sterling silver is a soft metal, so it can be easily scratched. When handling and cleaning your jewelry, you’ll need to take special care not to use anything too rough that will leave scratch marks. Use a jewelry cleaning cloth or a cloth made of 100 percent cotton to gently remove residual make up and dirt. A clean brush no stiffer than a soft baby’s toothbrush can also be used, especially in conjunction with a few drops of mild dish liquid in ½ cup of warm water. Another quick and easy way to clean your sterling silver jewelry is to submerge it in boiling water with baking soda and aluminum foil. Use a container in which your jewelry fits with enough room to be stirred. Start with a tablespoon of baking soda and a few half inch squares of foil. Add the boiling water and stir with a plastic or wooden utensil. If you notice a smell similar to rotten eggs, then it’s working. Make sure that the foil touches all parts of your jewelry so that the tarnish will adhere to it and not your jewelry. Once your jewelry is shiny again, rinse it with clean, cool water.   More Aggressive Cleaning Extra care needs to...