Frequently Asked Questions

The terms “precious” and “semi-precious” were used in the past to describe the rarity and value of certain gemstones. Precious stones included diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, while all other gemstones were considered semi-precious. However, today, the distinction between the two terms is no longer commonly used in the gemstone industry.

A natural gemstone is formed by nature over a long period, while a lab-created or synthetic gemstone is created in a laboratory using the same chemical and physical properties as a natural gemstone. Lab-created gemstones are often less expensive and more environmentally friendly than natural gemstones.

Karat is used to measure the purity of gold, while carat is used to measure the weight of a diamond or other gemstones. One karat is equal to 1/24th of pure gold, while one carat is equal to 0.2 grams.

A hallmark is a mark or symbol on a piece of jewelry that identifies the metal’s purity, the manufacturer, and the country of origin. It is important as it provides assurance of the quality and authenticity of the piece of jewelry.

The best way to clean your jewelry depends on the type of metal and gemstones. You can use a soft cloth and mild soap and water for most types of jewelry, but be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives. For delicate or valuable pieces, it’s best to take them to a professional jeweler for cleaning.

A necklace is a piece of jewelry that goes around the neck, while a pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain or cord around the neck. Pendants can be worn on their own or with a necklace.

A bracelet is a piece of jewelry that wraps around the wrist and can be fastened with a clasp or closure, while a bangle is a rigid bracelet that slips over the wrist. Bangles are typically wider and thicker than bracelets and are often worn in multiples.

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