Today all over the world there are many ways for you get some gold items from practically everything. However this makes an opportunity for all of the people, who have bad intentions to make their scams safely. Important to know is that there are some things that you must be familiar with if you want to make sure that the item you will get will be the same as you have saw it and it will be from the necessary quality, like for example:

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As we all that diamond engagement rings are very expensive and there are many people who do not have much money to spend on their engagement ring. And if you are one of them and you are looking for affordable engagement rings then here are few tips which will help you in finding a perfect diamond engagement ring at affordable prices.


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Engagements and the idea of being given a engagement ring is one of the most important aspects of your life, this is why you should take the utmost care and attention to which ring you choose to give as a sign of your love, after all this is the most important gift your partner will ever receive.

Choosing the right ring can be one of the most stressful and timely parts of the marriage process. Presents and other things can come and go, but the ring stays on the finger of your partner with their wedding ring for the rest of their lives.

There are all different kinds of rings to choose from, different designs, different stones and different metals to choose from to make each ring that is given unique and special. You can choose from Gold, Platinum silver and White Gold rings whichever you choose you can be certain that your partner will be happy with their ring.

Generally diamonds are used within engagement rings as they are known to be one of the most precious and desired stones that are on the market. Diamonds have always been known to be a woman’s most desired parts of jewellery so having a diamond engagement ring will be the perfect addition to her collection, and she can show it off to any friends or relatives and they will be wowed at how good it looks and how much time and effort you have put into buying the ring.

Picking an engagement ring should take a lot of care and attention so when picking your ring for your partner, please take in consideration all of the things she loves and desires.

Article Source : Are You Thinking Of Giving Your Partner The Biggest Sign Of Your Love? : ArticleBase

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This is of topic of  gemstones but I thought the information could benefit all. I just discovered a website that list all kinds of free offers – from health products to travel products such as airfare and hotels.  It is well worth a look see.

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Some diamonds, such as  engagement and wedding rings, are often worn 24 hours a day. Even though you may wear your diamond jewelry around the clock, you should give thought to its care.

Diamonds are durable, but  still require proper maintenance. Diamonds can get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps, even natural skin oils, put a film on diamonds and cut down their brilliance.

Clean diamonds “glow” because the maximum amount of light can enter the stone and return in a fiery brilliance.

* Do not wear diamond jewelry, especially rings, when doing rough work. Even though diamond is one of the hardest materials in nature, it can still be chipped by a sharp, sudden blow.

Keep your diamond away from chlorine bleach or other household chemicals. You should also remove your diamond jewelry before entering a chlorinated pool or hot tub.
* Clean your diamonds regularly using a commercial jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution and use a soft brush to dislodge dust or dirt from under the setting.
* Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle clean jewelry by its edges.

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Cultured pearls with thicker coatings are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition.

* Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you’ve applied your makeup and perfume.
* Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams.
* Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
* Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution (try Ivory flakes).
* Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
* Don’t put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.
* Don’t use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.

Storing Pearls

Don’t store your pearls with other jewelry, because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. Find a special slot in your jewelry box for the pearls, or keep them in a soft bag made from chamois or another non-abrasive material.

Your fine pearl necklaces should be restrung periodically so that you’re sure the silk or nylon cord holding them is in good shape.

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The Pearl is the only gem that has been manufactured by a living creature other than man.

The Pearl is known as the Queen of Gems.

The Pearl is the oldest known gem in the world.

In 500 BC, an Indian poet wrote the “Hymn of Protection” to invoke the power of the pearl.

In the time of Julius Cesar, one pearl could finance an entire war.

Pearls are said to provide protection from enemies as well as illness. They signify purity and loyalty in marriage.

Eating pearls is said to keep one robust and healthy their whole life.

Rumor has it that Cleopatra, dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it, to prove her love for Antony.

The secret of creating cultured pearls was discovered in the early 1900’s in Japan.

Kokichi Mikimoto, on of the discoverers, bought out the rest and soon became known as the “Father of Cultured Pearls”

Saltwater, Akoya pearls, the premier Japanese brand, still carries the Mikimoto name.

Apparently Kokichi Mikimoto swallowed two pearls a day throughout his life, to maintain and improve his health.

Many pearl solutions are still used today to combat various illness’

Cultured pearls now account for 90% of all pearl sales.  Only the very rich can afford natural pearls.

The largest natural pearl was found in 1560, of the coast of Panama.  It has been owned by several kings and queens and is now owned by Elizabeth Taylor.  This large pearl is called “La Peregrina” .

The creation of cultured pearls as well as the many imitation glass pearls have made the natural pearl very expensive.    Today, they are rare and practically priceless.

All variations of the name Margaret as well as Greta, Gretchen and Rita mean pearl.  Those people are said to have the quality of purity, innocence, humility and sweetness.

Resources:  Wikipedia, Absolute pearls, Path of the Pearl,

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Here we go again with purl, perl and pearl.
Purl – a backward knit stitch
Perl – a computer  programming language
Pearl – the Queen of jewels, and what this article is about.

No wonder English is a hard language to learn.

Did you ever wonder how a Pearl is formed?  Most of us know that natural pearls are found in oysters.

Here’s this happy oyster swimming along the sea bottom when he brushes up against some organic matter that slips into his shell.  Much like getting a pebble in your shoe.  He tries his best to shake it off but it latches onto his inner shell and there it stays.

Now the oyster is very uncomfortable. ( bet you didn’t think mollusks had any feelings) To ease his discomfort, the oyster produces something called nacre and envelops the object in it.  Then as the oyster grows so does the pearl.  The nacre is what gives pearls their luster.

As wild oysters become rarer, so do natural pearls.   The solution to this are oyster farms, where farmers insert the organic matter into the oysters shell and so start the same progress as in the wild.   After several weeks the oysters are harvested and the pearls are gathered.

pearl in oyster

pearl in oyster

These pearls are called cultured pearls.  They are less expensive than natural pearls, but still expensive.

For mass markets, synthetic pearls are manufactured out of glass beads than covered with glossy ceramic.

Be very wary when purchasing pearls because they are very easy to imitate.
At the moment there is a shortage of natural pearls  which has made them very expensive.

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Sapphires: Stone of Magic – Stone of Mystery

Ruby:  Deep Red and Rare – more expensive than diamonds!

Sapphires and Rubies are the mineral corundum.  It comes in a variety of colors and is the hardest mineral next to diamonds.
Only the deep red corundum is called Ruby. All other colors are sapphires. They are: blue, pink, green, violet, yellow and colorless.  There are even some orange ones.

The most sought after  is the bright, cornflower blue, that comes from Sri Lanka.

Saphires from Montana

Saphires from Montana

Ancient Europeans considered the blue sapphire protection against evil and general misfortunes.  They were carried into battle as victory stones.

The Ruby had the same reputation.

Raw Rubies

Raw Rubies

However in India, sapphires were considered to either bring great wealth and success or great misfortunes.  This tended to off-set their popularity in that country.

The finest Rubies come from Burma. Lesser stones come from Thailand, Cambodia, Africa as well as Brazil and China.

Sapphires come from Australia, Cambodia, and even from the US state of Montana.  Some have been found in Northern Ontario, Canada.   But only in Sri Lanka and Cambodia will you find the cornflower blue.

IN 1947, the first synthetic sapphires were created. They are equal to the natural stones in the chemical make up. They are flawless. That is one of the only ways they can be detected.

Natural stones always have some defect. The synthetics are  less expensive and easily  come by.

Natural stones are prized for their beauty and the fact that they have never been touched by human influence. Being rare they are highly expensive, especially the ruby.

It is said that a person born in Taurus should wear SAPPHIRE BLUE to be protected from mental disorders and a Capricorn who wears RUBY will never know trouble. (Wish I had known that fact sooner, I am a Capricorn and could have really used that protection.)

I wonder if anyone has done a study on these superstitions…….



The Encyclopedia of Minerals and Gemstones,

Jewelry & Gems, The Buying Guide,  by Antoinette Matlins,

As well as:

If you are looking for loose stones or unique jewelry pieces, go to :

For designer jewels visit:

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A modern “Famous”  diamond is the “Taylor Burton”  Purchased in 1969 by Richard Burton for his wife at the time, Elizabeth Taylor.

This beautiful stone started life as part of a rough stone of 240.8 carats, owned by Harry Winston.  he and his cleaver studied the rough for six months before actually cutting the diamond. The cutting day was televised.  There was great interest because it was such a large stone, all wanted to know what would come out of it.

Two beautiful diamonds were created.The larger pear shaped one weighing about 75 carats and a smaller cut of 24 carats.

Harry Winston then sold the larger diamond to a Mrs. Harriet Annenburg Ames.  She was fascinated with  the stone but eventually her fear of being robbed overcame the fascination. The  large diamond ring was allocated to a bank vault for the next   two years.    It was eventually sent to auction..   it was just too large to be worn as a ring in public.

October 1969, at auction in New York with the understanding that whomever bought it could name it.
There were many bidders, including  Richard Burton.
When the stone reached the 1,000,000.00 dollar mark, Burton’s buyer dropped out and the stone  was purchased for the amount of $1,000,050.00 by Robert Kenmore, chairman of the board for Cartier Inc.He immediately named the diamond “The Cartier”

Richard Burton was not about to let this diamond slip through his fingers – so calling from a pay phone in a hotel bar, in England, he bargained with Kenmore’s agent.  All the patrons in the bar could hear his loud negotiating, as he kept dropping more coins into the phone slot.

In the end Burton won, by allowing Cartier to display the jewel in New York and Chicago. It now became the “Taylor-Burton” diamond.

It is said that Burton paid $1,100,000.00  for the diamond.  He proclaimed ” If ever the public ever tired of seeing him and Liz, they would be able to sell off some baubles.”

When the diamond went on display in New York, at Cartier, more than 6000 people lined up right around the block, just for a glimpse of the beautiful stone.  It had been reset as a pendent in a luxurious diamond necklace.

Elizabeth first wore the necklace to the 40th birthday party of Princess Grace of Monaco.  It had  been flown across the Atlantic, from New York to Nice, Italy in the company of two armed guards.

After  her divorce from Richard Burton, in 1978, Elizabeth Taylor put the stone up for sale, with the proceed going to build a hospital in Botswana, Africa.

In 1979, a New York jeweler  claimed he bought the diamond for $5,000,000.00, then sold it to its present owner Robert Mouawad, who had the stone slightly re cut. It now weighs 68.09 carats and has a slightly different shape than the original.

The Robert Mouawad Private Museum, located in Lebanon’s Beirut Central District, constitutes a perfect mix of artistic oriental and occidental cultures. It is a combination of objects of great value, be it unique collections of books, ceramics, historical columns, Pottery, ancient weapons, unique carpets or sophisticated Jewellery pieces, objets d’art and rare precious stones.

By choosing to restore a 110 year old palace and turn it into a private museum dedicated to works of art and to his own personal collection of jewelry , Robert Mouawad has shown both courage and foresight while remaining true to tradition.

A visitor to the palace is immediately carried back to the romantic epoch of oriental pomp and luxury, the era of subtle beauty, perfect harmony and good taste.

Resources:  Wikipedia

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