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Platinum

Another white metal, platinum, has a short history in jewelry. Brought to Europe by the Spanish Conquistadors, its chemical properties made it difficult to work until the 19th Century, when it began to be used in jewelry. Platinum only gained recognition as a monetary metal in the 1980s, but has...

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All About Gold

Gold has a magic all its own; rare is the person who does not react when hearing that word. Since man’s earliest records, gold has been the ultimate mark of wealth and remains the hallmark jewelry metal. Pure gold is a very soft and pliable metal. The extreme malleability, ductility, and...

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Precious Metals Guide

“Precious” metals are gold, silver or any of what are now called the PGM or “platinum group metals” (platinum, iridium, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium and osmium); all others are “base” or ”industrial” metals. “Precious” refers only to their use in jewelry; many “base” metals are extremely valuable to industry. For example,...

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Pearl Shapes and Colors

Pearl Shapes Shapes that are not spherical or even symmetrical are considered lower quality. Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls found in jewelry have a tendency to be the roundest, while Freshwater pearls can be oval or slightly off-round. Traditionally, the most desired pearl shape has been round. But nowadays, you can...

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Picking Out the Right Pearl for You

When it comes to choosing a pearl type for your necklace or earrings, there are now so many to choose from. Far more varieties, shapes and colors than in years past. The specific characteristics you should consider are type, shape, color, and luster and of course size. Cultured Pearls vs. Natural...

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