Round semiprecious beads, each wire wrapped by hand, are strung
in this latest version of extra long necklace. Shown in amethyst
with rose quartz, it can be worn as a sweeping single strand,
double up as a layered two-strand, or twisted on the wrist
as a fun multi. Also in carnelian. $17.25
($13.80 after 20% discount!)
Twice a year, in January and July, we offer our best
discounts of the year. Normally you would need to order $2500 to
get the sort of discount we offer this month. Many of our customers
hold off a bit in June just so they can have extra cash available
for this sale.
Don't miss out
on this twice a year opportunity to save. The 20% discount applies
to everything on the site except the lowest price on pendants and
rings by the gram, and the bulk price for electric lantern cords.
New arrivals, sale items and close outs are all 20% off.
items to the site this month, including the necklace shown at
left. It comes in amethyst with rose quartz, or in an all carnelian
version. Long necklaces are all the rage, and this is our newest
foray into the realm of extra long.
We just got
a new shipment of star lamps in, so check the site for over 50 designs.
We have also gotten a new shipment of the Indian
hanging lanterns in. These are a great assortment, they sell
well and the price is just $2.75 per lantern (cord not included).
jewelry is everywhere: on the streets, in the magazines. Don't
miss out on this hot trend that is forecast to last through Christmas
at least! We've got lots of shell
Here is a list of common terms used in the jewelry
business. Many of them may be familiar to you, but there may be one
or two that are new. Hope this is helpful.
Refers to the content of silver used in jewelry and bead manufacture.
Also called "925," the content of most silver jewelry
is at least 92.5% silver to qualify as sterling. Only rarely will
you find higher content than 92.5%, since manufacturers are usually
competing on price, so more silver content adds to price but not
to quality. The except to this rule is Hill Tribes silver, from
Northern Thailand. Since the Hill Tribes use only the most basic
of tools, higher silver content makes for softer and more easily
Like silver, content provides the basis for the classification of
gold jewelry. Gold percentages are defined in karats. 24 karat gold
is pure gold, 12 karat gold is 50% pure, 18 karat is 75%, etc.
A layer of karat gold is bonded to a base metal through heat and
pressure. When used to create wire, the gold is formed into a seamless
tube around a base metal core, which is usually brass, and then
drawn out to the desired thickness. The finished product has a fairly
thick outer layer of karat gold, is very durable, and is considered
a lifetime product. The gold layer of 14K/20 will not wear off with
normal wear, as it will with gold plate. 14K Gold Filled produces
a strong wire with all of the advantages of 14k gold. It requires
the same care as jewelry produced from 14K gold and is suitable
for making heirloom jewelry - at a fraction of the cost of 14K solid
gold. As the base metal is completely covered by a durable layer
of 14K gold, allergies to the base metal are not a problem.
Plating puts a microscopic layer of gold on a base metal. The layer
of gold is measured in microns (µ). The various terms may use different
techniques, but the primary differences between them are the minimum
thickness of gold required to be deposited - ~ Gold Plate - .5 microns
(approximately 20 millionths of an inch) ~ Heavy Gold ElectroPlate
- 2.5 microns (~100 millionths of an inch) ~ Gold Electroplate -
.175 microns (~7 millionths of an inch) ~ Gold Washed or Gold Flashed
- less than .175 microns thick
Vermeil is gold plate sterling silver. Usually the layer of gold
is at least 2.5 microns thick. Vermeil tends to wear through to
the base metal more easily than gold plate, since it is "dipped"
rather than mechanically applied like gold plate.
There is no generally accepted definition for gemstones, but they
all have one thing in common: there is something about them that
makes them special. Sometimes it is color or texture, other times
it is what they are or what they represent. Gemstones come in all
sorts of flavors. There are minerals (e.g. diamond), mineral aggregates
(jade or turquoise), or less commonly rocks (lapis lazuli). Some
are organic in nature (amber, petrified wood), some are even synthetic.
With no clear
demarcation line, the term gemstone can include anything used for
ornamentation purposes. In this definition, gemstones may include
wood, coal, bone, glass and metals. Ultimately, if it is pretty
and used for adornment, odds are someone will consider it a gemstone.
Refers to the less valuable category of stones used in jewelry and
gemology. Specifically, it is easier to define stones that are not
in this category than those that are in it, since the category is
so broad. Precious stones like diamond, emerald, sapphire, etc.
are classified as precious gems, hence they are obviously excluded.
Architectural stones like marble and granite, as well as rocks like
basalt or limestone are also not members of this group. Generally
a stone is considered semiprecious if it is generally accepted as
such. Semiprecious gems include stones like garnet, amethyst, moonstone,
lapis lazuli, jade, onyx, etc.
Crystals are uniform structures, ordered at the smallest scale (atoms
or molecules) into a geometric latticework. Examples of crystals
are quartz and amethyst.
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least 92.5% silver), and whenever possible each piece is
stamped to indicate this. All our stones are genuine.
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