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We ship all items worldwide from our office in BALI (Asia).

Please do not send any payment until you receive our invoice via eBay, as possibly over-paid shipping charges can not be refunded.

In our invoice we will provide the cost for two shipping options or state free shipping if applicable. Even free shipping we always offer a second or faster shipping option.

International Economy Shipping = Registered Airmail is cheap but VERY VERY SLOW and less secure. It can take 10 working days up to usually 30 working days to arrive, often it can take much longer (sometimes even 45 up to 60 working days)!

If you select SLOW economy shipping via Registered Airmail you automatically accept the very long delivery time. Registered Airmail does not have any insurance and there is NO tracking number available! We can not take any responsibility for Registered Airmail shipments. In case of lost or damage there is no insurance. If you need your purchase secure and fast please use EXPEDITED Shipping only!

The FAST shipping option is International EXPEDITED Shipping (we usually ship via FedEx International Priority or DHL).

EXPEDITED Shipping is fast & takes only 2 - 4 working days to arrive, it is very secure, it includes insurance and you will receive an online tracking number.

You will be able to edit the invoice to the shipping service you prefer when you make your payment via eBay check-out.

If shipping logistics require and make it deemed necessary, we reserve the right to change the shipping company from FedEx to DHL or to EMS .

As a special bonus, we offer FREE EXPEDITED Shipping for all purchases over US$ 500 ** (This free shipping offer is applicable to eligible items only. Please ready each individual listing for any exemptions), if payment is received within 10 days after the first item purchased in your combined invoice. If payment is not received within 10 days our free shipping over is not valid!

We also offer combine shipping over a period of 10 days.

YOU PAY ONLY ONE shipping fee and each additional item will be added for FREE in the same shipment.

To especially RUSSIA, Africa, South America and various other countries we can ship via EMS ONLY (it is not possible via FedEx or DHL)! Please ask for the exact shipping cost to these countries before bidding and buying.

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Please do not send partial payments.

As soon as we receive your payment we have to send out your shipment immediately.

We can not hold any purchased items after you paid.

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General Interest
South Sea Pearls and other rare Pearls
Gemstone Beads
Solid 22K Gold Beads & Findings
Vermeil 24K Gold on 925 Sterling Silver Bead & Findings

 

GUIDES

 

 

 

 

 

Select your correct ring size / click here:

 

International Ring Sizes

 

 

  

Karat with a “K” is the measurement of Gold purity

Carat with a “C” measures the size of a gemstone

 

Pure Gold is a rare and valuable metal. AGUSTUS-Collection is using mainly high carat Gold (18K - 22K Gold). The color of high-karat gold is very close to being pure gold.


The karat scale measures the proportion of Gold in an alloy. The word karat originates from the carob seed, which was originally used to balance scales in Oriental bazaars when jewelry was being measured.

 

AGUSTUS-Collection handcrafts its magnificent jewelry and components by using only the finest Gold.

 

Gold Alloys

Gold%

(Karat)

99.99%

24 K

95.83%

23 K

91.66%

22 K

75.00 %

18 K

58.33%

14 K

41.67 %

10 K

33.33 %

8 K

 

How to care for your High Karat Gold

- High karat Gold jewelry can be quite sensitive and soft. Handle them with care to preserve their beauty.
- To avoid scratches and damage, store your Gold jewelry separately in an individual case or pouch.
- Only use warm water (or quality jewelry cleaning products) when cleaning dust or dirt from jewelry pieces.

 

Gold Granulation

 

 

Old-world goldsmithing brings the past into the present with detailed surface decoration that suits antique and contemporary designs

 

Granulation, the art of creating a surface pattern on jewelry with tiny gold balls, dates back to the third millennium BC. The technique, invented in the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt and later refined by Etruscan goldsmiths, looks as fresh and inventive today as it must have then.

 

The process begins when wire is cut into short lengths and melted into round granules that are placed on the jewelry in the desired pattern. They’re held in place with a temporary “glue” made from plant sap. In the best examples, the balls are attached permanently with heating (which evaporates the glue), not soldering. But it’s a difficult process because the temperature has to be hot enough to fuse the gold ball to the surface, but not enough to melt the ball into an amorphous puddle.

 

Granulation involves high-karat gold. The purer the material, the easier it will be to achieve the fusion required for granulation.

 

People are instantly attracted to granulation because of the connection to ancestors.

 

They also react strongly to a pattern created with the rich color of high-karat gold. The high karat gold granulation is the same color as the pure gold bar from which it’s made.

 

Colored gemstones look particularly enticing in granulated jewelry because the rich colors complement each other.

 

 

Why the attraction to AGUSTUS-Collection granulated jewelry

 

-          Each piece of granulated jewelry is handmade and one-of-a-kind

 

-          The jewelry is very close to being pure gold with an intense color

 

-         The jewelry is contemporary in design and historical in technique, making it timeless and  forever fashionable.

 

-          Granulation is best in necklaces, pendants, earrings and in rings

 

-          Each piece of jewelry displays the intricacy and detail that goes into each design.

 

 

 

 

Gemstone Grading

 

Clean/IF

Eye Clean

Crystal Transparent

VSI

(very slight inclusions)

SI

(slight inclusions)

Included / PK

(Pique)

Translucent

 

Internally flawless. These gems are clean and of the highest quality.

Gems are clean to the naked eye.

AAA High quality, these gems have small inclusions which are difficult to see under LOUPE with 10 x lens magnification.

These gems are transparent & have excellent brilliance. They might have some minor inclusions, common to that particular gem type, but these do not deter from the rarity & beauty of the gem. The word "crystal" is commonly used in all major global gemstone sources.

Very good, these gems contain small inclusions, silk or pin-pricks which are not visible to naked eye. They will not diminish the brilliance & beauty of the gem when set into jewelry.

Good quality, these gems have SLIGHT inclusions visible to naked eye, the beauty of gems however, is not diminished.

These gems have some larger and/or many minor inclusions and are translucent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Sea Pearl Grading

 

South Sea cultured pearls are exceptional quality pearls. They are white, with a whitish, almost silver color to ivory and yellow.

Much larger than the average pearl, the smoothness and roundness of these pearls are exceptional. These are the rarest and extraordinary pearls you'll find in jewelry.

South Sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster. This oyster is much larger than the oysters that produce Akoya and Freshwater pearls, so the pearl that it produces is much larger as well. Because of the rarity and sensitivity of this type of oyster, cultivation of these pearls is much more difficult, making them more expensive.

 

 

Pearl is one of the Birthstones for the month of June.

 

South Sea Pearl Grading

Description

 

AAA+      to     AAAA

 

Excellent Luster; Minor Blemishing to Clean Surface

(98% Inclusion Free Surface or Better);

Extremely High Reflection

 

 

AA+/AAA

 

Excellent Luster; Very Light to Minor Blemishing;

Very High Reflection

 

 

AA+

 

Very Good Luster; Very Light Blemishing;

 High Reflection

 

 

AA

 

Good Luster; Moderate Blemishing;

Good Reflection

 

 

A/A+

 

Poor Luster; Blemished; Weak Reflection

 

 

Note: Even the highest quality organically cultivated pearls show signs of nature and are never 100% free of minor blemishes.

 

 

 

Tahitian South Sea Pearls

 

Tahitian cultured pearls are cultivated from the black-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster which reaches a foot or more in diameter, and produces very large pearls. This oyster is very sensitive to the pearl culturing process, which makes the pearls very costly to produce.

A gift of Tahitian cultured pearls makes an extraordinary, unique gift.

 

Tahitian pearls offer a dramatic touch.

The natural black color of these pearls comes from the color of the oyster's black lips.

These pearls are traditionally called "black," but their color can range from metallic silver, to the color of pencil lead. And within this range of colors they can have bluish, purplish, or greenish overtones.

 

 

 

Akoya Pearls

 

If you're looking for classic pearls, look to Akoya pearls. The Akoya is the most popular pearl, commonly seen in pearl strands.

 

Akoya pearls are the specialty of Japanese pearl farms. The first pearls to be cultured early in the 1920s, their white color and rosé overtone complement a fair complexion. Akoya pearls have only minor blemishes and a deep, beautiful luster.

 

You may notice that the Akoya looks very similar to the Freshwater pearl. When compared side-by-side, the difference is clear. Besides being more expensive, Akoya pearls are on average larger, smoother, rounder, and more lustrous than Freshwater pearls. If you're looking for a remarkable gift, choose a gift of Akoya cultured pearl jewelry.

 

 

 

Freshwater Pearl Grading

 

In every 10,000 mussels, you might be lucky enough to find a single natural pearl. Because of this scarcity, most pearls today are cultured pearls.

 

Most Freshwater pearls come from Japan and China, and are the product of an elaborate process in which a single resilient mussel can be harvested many times, yielding several pearls at a time.

 

When a cultured pearl develops it is naturally coated in layers of a beautiful, pearlescent substance called nacre which builds up to create a lustrous pearl.

 

As natural pearls also cultured pearls may have blemishes (blister or spot) on the surface.

 

The rainbow effect that seems to encircle a pearl's surface is also called Orient.

 

Many Freshwater pearls look remarkably similar to Seawater pearl, but Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Seawater pearls. The only tradeoff is that Freshwater pearls are generally smaller, less symmetrical, and not as well matched when strung on a strand. But if you're looking for pearls at an outstanding value, Freshwater pearls are perfect.

 

 

 

 

Freshwater Pearl Grading

 

 

Description

 

AAA    to      AAA+

 

Excellent Luster; Clean Nacre of 95% Inclusion Free Surface or Better; Excellent Matching; Top 1% of a Pearl Farm's Harvest.

 

AA+

 

Excellent Luster; Clean Nacre of 90-95% Inclusion Free Surface; Excellent Matching; Top 5% of a Pearl Farm's Harvest.

 

AA

 

Good Luster, Good Nacre of 80-90% Inclusion Free Surface; Good Matching; Top 15% of a Pearl Farm's Harvest.

 

A/A+

 

Moderate Luster; Medium Nacre of 70% Inclusion Free Surface; Good/Moderate Matching.

 

A

 

Moderate/Low Luster; Moderate to Heavily Blemished Nacre; Moderate Matching.

 

Commercial/Beading Quality

 

Low Luster; Heavily Blemished Nacre; Heavy Inclusions; Moderate/Poor Matching.

 

 

Note: Even the highest quality organically cultivated pearls show signs of nature and are never 100% free of minor blemishes.

 

 

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