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    STERLING SILVER- Since ancient times, people across the globe have considered silver a highly valued metal. Silver has many uses, one of which is jewelry. You'll find bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other accessories crafted of this precious metal.

    Similar to gold, silver in its purest form is soft and delicate. In order to be used for jewelry, it is often combined with metal alloys, such as copper, to increase its strength. When pure silver is mixed with less than 7.5% alloy, it is known as sterling silver. Sterling silver is at least 92.5% pure silver and significantly more durable than regular silver. Sterling silver jewelry is stamped in various ways (such as "sterling" or "925") to indicate its content.

    Although some jewelry metals are resistant to tarnish, silver is not. That is why all of our sterling silver jewelry has an overlay of rhodium to avoid oxidation thus tarnish.

    STAINLESS STEEL- Stainless steel is becoming very popular among jewelry wearers. This metal is very easy to maintain because it is less likely to rust and corrode than regular steel and other metals. The chromium present in stainless steel (generally at least 10.5%) resists the process of oxidation, preventing rust or "stains" from appearing on the steel's surface.

    Stainless Steel compared to Sterling Silver:

    Stainless steel is denser therefore it will not scratch
    The likelihood of breaking a sterling chain to stainless is 10 times higher
    Stainless steel is pure, sterling jewelry is mixed with copper
    Stainless is hypoallergenic
    Stainless steel does not discolor/tarnish

    TUNGSTEN CARBIDE- One of the newest metals to the jewelry industry, tungsten carbide has many fine qualities. Resistant to corrosion, tungsten is four times harder than titanium and very dense. Its supreme strength ensures that the metal cannot bend, but it also cannot be resized. Polish for tungsten jewelry can be permanent, meaning little maintenance is required.

    TITANIUM- Titanium is admired for its unique appearance and maximum strength. Much lighter than steel yet three times stronger, titanium is not combined with other metal alloys. It's very lightweight and is highly resistant to dents and bending. Also, this hypoallergenic metal will not corrode over time. The most classic colors of titanium are gray and black with beautiful finishes such as satin, frost or high-polish.

    METAL CARE: When it comes to caring for your jewelry metal, it's important to remember that every metal is different. While little maintenance is needed for durable metals such as stainless steel and tungsten carbide, other metals require some attention. For instance, silver is prone to tarnishing, even though all our sterling silver jewelry have thick layer of rhodium overlay, a regular polishing is recommended to prolong it's luster and finish.

     
    GARNET- Garnet comes in virtually a rainbow of colors, from deep red to rich orange and golden hues, striking greens, and petal-soft colors of violet and lavender. The stone derives its name from the Latin granatus, meaning grain. Garnet grains were compared to the seeds of a pomegranate. This gem was thought to give its wearer guidance and illumination in the night. Legend has it that Noah used a garnet lantern to navigate the Ark through 40 days and nights of torrential rain. As a general rule, garnets are not enhanced.
    AMETHYST- Amethyst is a gemstone variety of quartz. Purple has long been considered a royal color, so it is not surprising that amethyst has been in demand throughout history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Great thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence. Darker hues of amethyst are rarely enhanced to perfect their color, although some varieties do respond well to heat enhancement. Brownish varieties are commonly heated and magically turn into the bright yellow or orange colors known as citrine. This enhancement method is permanent and will last for the life of the gemstone.
    AQUAMARINE- The very name aquamarine brings to mind the clear blue tint of the sea. Legend says that it is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea. Aquamarine was long thought to have a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift. Many aquamarines are greenish when mined and cut. For those who prefer a purer blue, these stones are heated to enhance their blue color permanently. Some aquamarine fanciers prefer the greenish hues, saying the greener tones remind them more of the sea. The color tones of aquamarine are subtle and varied. Their soft luster is a wonderful addition to any natural colored gemstone jewelry collection.
    DIAMOND- Diamonds are prized for their brilliance, elegance and purity, and have captivated our imaginations for thousands of years. The diamond actually derives its name from the Greek word adamas, meaning unconquerable and indestructible. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars that had fallen to the earth. Some said that they were tears of the gods. Kings of old wore diamonds in their armor to protect them in battle.
    GARNET- Garnet comes in virtually a rainbow of colors, from deep red to rich orange and golden hues, striking greens, and petal-soft colors of violet and lavender. The stone derives its name from the Latin granatus, meaning grain. Garnet grains were compared to the seeds of a pomegranate. This gem was thought to give its wearer guidance and illumination in the night. Legend has it that Noah used a garnet lantern to navigate the Ark through 40 days and nights of torrential rain. As a general rule, garnets are not enhanced.
    PEARL- According to ancient Chinese legend, the moon holds the power to create pearls, instilling them with its celestial glow and mystery. Pearls have been treasured for their lustrous, creamy texture and subtle iridescent reflections since the dawn of humankind. Because natural pearls are so rare and difficult to recover from the ocean's depths, man invented the technique of culturing saltwater and freshwater pearls from oysters and other mollusks carefully seeded with irritants similar to those produced by nature. The painstaking effort of culturing is one of the most dramatic examples of man's quest to coax beauty from nature.
    RUBY- Gem of passion, of smoldering desire, ruby has been treasured for thousands of years. Because the ancients thought its glowing red color was due to an inextinguishable inner fire, ruby was also associated with courage and power. Throughout most of recorded history, ruby has been the most valuable of gems. It was believed wearing a fine red ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner - although the owner must have already had good fortune enough to possess such a rare and beautiful gem!
    PERIDOT- Peridot has been adored since ancient times; its history traces back more than 3,500 years when it was prized by the ancient Egyptians. Found in various shades of green, peridot is most desired in lime hues. Peridot has been credited with a host of magical powers and healing properties, such as protection against nightmares and possessing the power to ward off evil. It is the recommended gift for couples celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary. Peridot is relatively soft and should be spared rugged, regular wear if worn in a ring. As a general rule, peridot is not enhanced.
    SAPPHIRE- Velvety blue. Liquid blue. Evening-sky blue. Cornflower blue. Because sapphire embodies an infinite palette of blue hues, ancients believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. But like the endless colors that appear in the sky, sapphire is also found in many other shades besides blue, from the gold of a sunrise, to the fiery reddish-orange of sunset, to the delicate violet of twilight. Sapphire may even resemble the pale white gloaming of an overcast day.
    OPAL- Revered as a symbol of hope, fidelity, and purity, opal was dubbed the Queen of Gems by the ancient Romans because it encompassed the colors of all other gems. Opal is prized for its unique play of color, the ability to disperse light into flashes of rainbow color. Opal occurs in different body colors, ranging from semi-transparent to opaque. The most common is white opal. Crystal or water opal has a colorless body. The most valued variety, black opal, has a dark blue, gray, or black body color. Boulder opal combines precious opal with the iron stone in which it forms. Bright yellow, orange, or red fire opal are quite different from the other varieties of opal. Their day-glo tones, which are translucent to transparent, are beautiful with or without play of color.
    CITRINE- Citrine are gemstone varieties of quartz. Named from the French word for lemon, citron, many citrines have a deep yellow color. Sunny and affordable, citrine can brighten almost any jewelry style, blending especially well with the yellow gleam of polished gold. In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.
    TANZANITE- Tanzanite, the ultimate prize of a gem safari, has a mesmerizing blend of rich purples and blues with a velvety deepness of color unlike any other gem. Mined only in Tanzania at the foot of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, virtually every tanzanite is heated to permanently change its color from orange-brown to the spectacular violet-blue color for which this precious gemstone variety is known.
    TOURMALINE- Tourmaline's name comes from the Sinhalese word turmali, which means "mixed." Occurring in more colors or combinations of colors than any other gemstone variety found in nature, this gem lives up to its name. Perhaps this is why ancient mystics believed tourmaline could encourage artistic intuition: it has the palette to express every mood. Dark blue, blue-green, and green tourmalines are occasionally heated to lighten their color. Red tourmalines, also known as rubellites, and pink varieties are sometimes heated or irradiated to improve their colors. Heat and irradiation color enhancement of tourmalines is permanent.
    ALEXANDRITE- Alexandrite was discovered in the Ural Mountains in 1834…the day on which Alexander, the future tsar of Russia, came of age. Alexandrite's hue changes from green in daylight to red under incandescent light. This display of red and green – the main colors of Imperial Russia – helped to endear Alexandrite to Russian royalty.
    ONYX- Onyx is a variety of quartz, called chalcedony, named for an ancient port called Calcedon. Onyx was historically used for carving cameos and was popular with the Romans, who also used onyx to make official seals. Onyx has a Mohs hardness rating of 7. Worn as a protective stone against adversaries in battle, it was also believed onyx could protect against the evil eye. And that placing an onyx on a pregnant woman's abdomen would reduce labor pains and bring about an early arrival of her baby. Onyx has also been heralded as a defense against negativity and as a gemstone that promotes harmony in relationships.
    TURQUOISE- While turquoise is usually associated today with Native American culture, the ancient Egyptians were mining turquoise in 3200 BC. Many ancient cultures regarded turquoise as a source of metaphysical power. Turquoise was thought to protect from evil, maintain virtue, and bring good luck.