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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Gemstones, Precious Metals and Jewelry

That will blow your mind.

1. The average age of diamonds varies from one to three million years old.

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

2. In Asia, the people swallow pearls whole and powdered for medicinal purposes

To this day, pearls are eaten for medicinal reasons. Don't try this at home for obvious reasons.

To this day, pearls are ingested! Invest don’t ingest!

3. Pure gold is always yellow in color, but it is much too soft to wear.

Melts in your hand, not your mouth. Oops, that M&Ms.

You’ll be golden with a few of these nuggets.

4. Lapis Lazuli was used by the Ancient Egyptians in the form of powder as eye shadow.

Talk about expensive makeup!

Talk about expensive makeup!

5. The only black gemstone that exists is the jet, composed of carbonized wood and coal, and usually comes from fossilized trees.

Don't jet, have a jet!

Don’t fret, have a jet!

6. Garnet comes from the Latin word granatum, which also means pomegranate.

These look good enough to eat!

These look good enough to eat!

7. Blonde-haired women used to don opals to protect the blonde color of their hair.

Give an opal to your Opal, oppa!

Having an opal is probably better than sunbathing.

8. Sapphires and rubies are mined together; both are a type of corundum mineral. Rubies are red due to chromium impurities, while sapphires get their color from iron, titanium, and chromium impurities. They are virtually indistinguishable other than color.

They're basically twins with different dye jobs.

They’re basically twins with different dye jobs.

9. Men wore jewelry before women did; they even wore heels before women.

Rock those pearls, sir!

Rock those pearls, dude!

10. The ocean actually contains gold; it is assumed there is nearly 20 million tons of gold under the mysterious surface.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

11. Emeralds were Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.

Ours too, Cleo!

Ours too, Cleo!

Diamond Stud Earrings – A Girl’s Best Friend

Every woman should own a pair of diamond stud earrings. Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn kind of classy. Don’t forget Casablanca. Ultimately, diamonds are just ageless beauty yet simple in their sparkle and shimmering properties. They go with absolutely everything you throw at them, from birthday parties for your children or that Christmas party held by your company. That is why they are the ultimate gift. All else aside, many men choose to wear diamonds in their ears as well. Historically speaking, ‘gentlemen of courage’ often wore fashion earrings, not women! Same goes for high heels, and other kinds of jewelry like pendants. Men were there first! What changed, well that’s only something we can ponder, and perhaps Western ideals are to blame. You can find diamond stud earrings in a various amount of cuts and styles, from princess cut to round brilliant in metals silver and gold. There’s a rare, perfect fitting pair of diamond earrings waiting just for you!

Diamond Stud Earring Set

April Birthstone – The Diamond

The diamond has been nominated for the birthstone of lucky April babies. The most valuable of all birthstones, it’s interesting to note that diamonds actually begin their sparkly lives as simple pieces of coal. Once the coal is exposed to high heat the atoms rearrange themselves turning the black coal into a diamond. Unfortunately, scientists are still unable to duplicate this process making diamonds one of the few jewels that can not be produced in a lab.

However, you might recognize the diamond’s sparkle in clear cubic zirconia stones. That’s because CZ stones are designed to look like imitation diamonds, made with the highest grade clarity and cut. But cubic zirconia stones are nothing like diamonds with the exception of the colorless sparkle.

Diamonds are named after an ancient word meaning “invincible.” This April birthstone continues to live up to it’s appropriate name as it continues to hold the title for hardest substance known to man according to the mohs scale of hardness. It also appears to remain undefeated as one of the world’s most prized and costly jewels of all time.

The Luscious Caribbean Topaz

For the person who loves unique and shiny jewelry, Caribbean topaz jewelry is just what she is looking for. Never heard of it? This designer gemstone also goes by the name mystic fire or Bermuda topaz.

The process was patented by Azotic Coating Technology back in 1998. They devised a way to coat the underside of a white topaz with a thin layer of titanium. The end result is the brilliant kaleidoscope of colors found in Caribbean topaz. What happens is that the titanium disrupts the light refractive properties and creates a multitude of blues and greens.

This designer gemstone has acquired quite a following among collectors. The unique qualities of a Caribbean topaz ring make it a perfect gift for the girl who loves jewelry. Because its popularity is growing, you can find this dazzling gemstone in Caribbean topaz earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets. Though they don’t need any extra dazzle, Caribbean topaz diamond pendants and other pieces are also becoming popular.

The Caribbean topaz also looks fabulous set in gold or silver. The cool blues and greens are pulled to the forefront when set in silver and the fiery shades are highlighted in a gold setting. This gemstone is a unique accent for any occasion.

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2009 Oscar Jewelry

Who did it the best?  Who over did it? And did Beyonce loose her earrings?

My personal favorites are Cruz’ necklace, Jolie’s green earrings (jade, bakelite, lucite…what were they?), Hathaway and  Rachel Leigh Wood’s overall elegance and finally, Diane Lane’s Art Deco choker.

Seven Pieces of Jewelry Every Girl Needs

Whether you’re sporty, classic or contemporary – there are some items every girl needs in a well-rounded jewelry box for a simple yet effective way to enhance any look. The pieces selected are both classic and versatile ensuring they’ll stay in style and go with multiple different ensembles and work for a variety of different functions.

Studs:
Every girl needs studs, but pick a size that’s right for you. If classic diamonds aren’t your thing, go with something more vibrant.

  • Why studs? They’re classic. They’re versatile. They’re timeless. They’re good for day and night.

  • Hoops:
    Hoops are quintessential in the fashion world, but choose a size that’s right for you. If you’re more at home on the basketball court than on 5th Avenue, don’t go for massive hoops. Pick something that flatters your personality.

  • Why hoops? They’re versatile. They’re timeless. They work anytime of the day.

  • Pearl Necklace:
    Pearl necklaces are the easiest way to add some sophistication to anything you’re wearing. Who says you can’t throw on a string of pearls with a plain white tee? Wear them in a way that shows people who you are. Wear them during the day to add an eccentric twist to casual. Wear them at night for a romantic evening. Wear them to the interview to show off your sophisticated, smart fashion sense. Or wear them to channel style icon Grace Kelly.

  • Why pearls? I think I’ve clearly outlined why. Pearls are a true necessity. They’re timeless. They’re sophisticated. They’re feminine. They’re romantic. They’re versatile. They’re elegant.
  • Dangle Earrings:
    Dangle earrings, whatever type you choose, be it short and dainty dangles or a pair of shoulder dusters, are a must in every woman’s jewelry arsenal. They just make you feel fashionable. I would go as far to say that chain dangles are a must as are at least one pair with gemstone accents for more dressy events. Choose a pair that makes you feel invincible. It may sound weird, but they exist. Once you’ve found them… get them. They’ll be one of your favorite items.

  • Why dangle earrings? They’ve got power. They’ve got movement. They’ve got style. But a word to the wise, if you’re getting the really long ones, don’t turn too quickly. They will hit you in the face. I know from experience.
  • Bangle Bracelets

    Bangle bracelets – plural – are a must. Grab a few in the metal of your choice that match one another. They don’t have to be from a set, just as long as you can throw a few on at a time or wear one alone. That way you have several looks in one and can play your outfit down or up accordingly. The ancient Egyptians can’t be wrong.

  • Why bangles? They’re stylish. They’re versatile. They’re timeless. They’re spectacular. They’ve movement.
  • Locket:
    Every girl needs a locket. Lockets are excellent. They’re young yet mature. Timeless yet have a vintage appeal. Go with everything anywhere. And are easily the most customizable piece one can own. Instead of adding a picture of your beau or best bud, put something inside that makes sense to you. Add a tiny shell from your trip to the shore. Put in a lock of your child’s hair. Roll up your best fortune cookie fortune and slip it in. A locket won’t just accent your outfit, it can accent your day. Each time you catch a glimpse in the mirror, you’ll think about what’s inside.

    Why a locket? They’re feminine. They’re timeless. They’re versatile. They’re customizable. They’ll lift your spirits. They’ll make your day


    Signature Piece:

    Be bold. Be yourself. Pick something – even if it’s crazy colorful and vibrant – to wear as often as possible. Pick something that reflects who you are. Make it unique. Make it special. Give it meaning. You can choose a family heirloom and flaunt your family’s history or you can choose something that says, “This is me.” It’s your choice. Choose a ring, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, an anklet, a pendant or necklace. It’s signature, because it’s you.

  • Why a signature piece? Why else?
  • You don’t have to have a lot of jewelry to have a very fashion centric collection that not only compliments your clothes but also your personality.  Buying jewelry doesn’t have to be difficult. It should be a simple, fun way to show off who you are while adding a bit of style to your day.