Appraisals / Valuations:
We do not have the facilities to provide an appraisal. For the record, jewelry appraisals are quite subjective. There are many values of jewelry. One if you are a retailer, another if you are a consumer and still another if you are an appraiser. The higher the appraisal, the more the seller wants for their piece. The lower the appraisal, the less a jeweler will pay for a piece. And the piece can be the same identical item, all with different values to different people, each with their own interest in mind.
Many folks who do appraisals want to know how much you paid for the item. The best person to do an appraisal would be an independent insurance appraiser. Even then, they should want to see all the information (specifications) that you have.
The best determination of value is the joy and pleasure you will receive owning / wearing or giving it as a gift.
A cabochon (cabachon or cabouchon as it is sometimes spelled) is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished rather than faceted. The result is a strikingly beautiful, eye-catching gemstone.
Carat, Caret, Karat or Carrot?
Carat: A carat with an initial C and two a's is a unit of weight used for gemstones. One carat is 200 milligrams which equals 0.2 grams in weight. A gram, incidentally, is 1/454 of a pound which would make 28.375 grams to an ounce. A 150 pound person would weigh approximately 340,500 carats which just might bend your jeweler's carat scale a bit out of shape.
Caret: A caret with one a and one e is a wedge-shaped proofreader's mark ( ^ ) used to indicate an insertion into text. The caret mark is found on the shift 6 on your computer keyboard. There are several other uses and definitions for this nifty wedgie.
Karat: A karat with an initial k is a reference to the purity of gold. As defined, pure gold is 24 karat. Karat is often abbreviated as k or kt with or without a period following the abbreviation.
Carrot: A carrot with two Rs is a root vegetable that, historically, came in a wide range of colors including black, green, orange, purple, red, white and yellow. Green? And I thought they were just a bit moldy.
Solid 100% copper, 10kt gold and .925 sterling silver chains are available in a variety of lengths. Please see our eBay listing under Other Items in our eBay store or email us with your needs.
Cleaning Your Jewelry:
Metal-specific dipping solutions are available at most variety and department stores. Since these solutions are made from chemicals, extreme caution should be exercised when using this type of solution. Some stones are highly perishable in these solutions, so follow jeweler recommendations. If in doubt, do NOT dip.
Anti-tarnish strips are available to purchase. These help minimize the natural patina (tarnish) on sterling silver. They should be replaced on a regular basis depending upon the area to be protected and the airflow. Many of our sterling silver pieces are shipped with a small black piece of anti-tarnish material to protect from tarnishing.
The following are general, non-specific guidelines to jewelry cleaning. This is not meant to replace specific cleaning instructions provided by competent sources. When in doubt, ask a professional jeweler before cleaning.
Most gemstones can be sparingly cleaned using lukewarm, mild, soapy water and rinsed with the same temperature water. Avoid exposure to strong light and sudden changes of temperature. As with all fine jewelry, remove before doing any type of physical work. Traditional gemstone procedure of storing in soft cloth away from other articles of jewelry hold true, too. Ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners and chemicals should never be used. Hair-spray and perfumes can leave permanent residue on all gemstones so be sure to keep your jewelry far away from these common items.
Color is subjective and the result of many variables. The color of the gemstones may and will probably vary from what you see on your computer monitor.
Some naturally-occurring gemstones come in a wide range of color shades. The particular gemstone used in an individually-crafted piece will vary from the color displayed on your computer monitor or printed from a printer. Some gemstones, such as Alexandrite, readily change color as the lighting source changes.
If you are curious about what may cause a variance in color from what you see on your monitor, email us. Please include your regular email address with your request.
Definitions for common jewelry terms are available upon request. Let us know what definition(s) you would like. Please include your regular email address with your request.
Five Star Positive Feedback in ALL catagories is important to us. This helps up maintain our visibility in eBay searches and helps us maintain our low prices. We give positive feedback as soon as the item is paid. If there is any problem with your order, please contact us before leaving any feedback. Thank you for your kind understanding.
For all gemstones we list, we have in-depth, non-technical information available including care, colors, sources and even interesting trivia. Please email us letting us know which gemstones are of interest. Please include your regular email address with your request.
Gift Box Packaging:
Gift box packaging is available for the asking. If you would like to add a gift box, just let us know in advance of shipment to you.
All measurements while deemed to be accurate, are approximate. Some measurements, such as carat weight, are furnished to us by the artisans. Other measurements we do in our own store using professional measuring devices. Nonetheless, measurements usually will vary since most pieces are individually handcrafted from naturally-ocurring gemstones.
Millimeters to Inches:
We have prepared an easy-to-use chart converting millimeters to inches. Millimeter to Inch Conversion Chart
Payment in full must be received before any item is shipped. Payment can be made by personal check, money order and PayPal. Please note: Personal checks delay shipment at least ten business days after receipt of a personal check. For prompt shipment, we recommend that you use PayPal.
Photos, unless otherwise noted, are representative of the basic style. Many gemstones have characteristic patterns, swirls and inclusions which, like a fingerprint, are unique to that specific, individual stone. Because of this, the particular patterns, swirls and inclusions in the particular piece you receive will probably vary from that shown in a representative photo.
Please feel comfortable asking questions about this item or any other item. A real person will reply to your question, so your patience is appreciated. If your question may involve a longer response or asking for photos, please send us your regular email address.
ALL returns must be made within seven days of receipt and in a condition to be resold. It is the buyers responsibility to ensure a safe, timely return and to pay for any return shipping costs. Worn jewelry or jewelry with missing stones are NOT returnable under any circumstances. No exceptions, please.
Returns will be handled by a replacement by a like product, store credit or by a refund. While we will consider the wishes of the purchaser, the final choice is made by CAB-Finejewelry.
Shipping, insurance & handling charges are refundable only if item is substantially not as describe in the lot. Any pending refund will be issued after necessary eBay paperwork has been satisfactorily completed.
Unless otherwise noted, our photos are representative of the item offered. As with almost all natural stones and hand-crafted pieces, each individual piece of jewelry will probably vary from the photo.
Unless otherwise stated, the rings we sell can usually be adjusted by professional jewelers to meet your finger requirements. A ring should be a comfortable fit and we recommend using one of your local, professional jewelers to have your ring finger accurately measured, the ring adjusted and then, after adjustment, checked for proper fit.
While we do recommend using your local professional jeweler, for a few rings which we list, we offer a limited ring enlarging service. Please email us for more information.
Ring Size Conversions:
We have prepared an easy-to-use chart converting US/Canadian ring sizes to five other sizing conventions.
Shipping & Customs:
We generally ship orders within one business day of payment. Unless otherwise required, we will ship the most economical method.
USA Addresses: Since our responsibility ends when we ship the item, we suggest you obtain insurance. The method of shipment usually determines how long it takes the item to be delivered. We make available a few shipping options for your consideration.
The method of shipment and approximate time it should take is determined by the purchaser at checkout. Prior to payment, if you have a different shipping option you would prefer, let us know and we will quote you a cost. This will delay usually shipment, but the option is there for you. Once the item is deposited with the shipper, the length of time from shipment to receipt is out of our control. We know you realize this and we appreciated your understanding.
If you really want the item FAST, there are options that you can choose.
Other Addresses: As with domestic shipment, our responsibility ends when we ship the item. Shipments are generally sent by USPS Air Mail service and we do keep a USPS payment receipt for the parcel.
Time delays due to customs is anticipated, variable and, unfortunately, outside of our control. A listing of the contents parcel and the amount paid will be accurately noted on all custom declaration forms whenever they are used. If a country imposes custom duties, they are the responsibility of the purchaser.
We know you appreciate and value our integrity and understand that delays may be caused by customs.
Many naturally-occurring gemstones have distinctive patterns, swirls and inclusions. The actual stone used in any particular piece will probably vary significantly from a representative photo. Some gemstones that fall into this category include Agate, Azurite, Bloodstone, Charoite, Emerald, Goldstone, Howlite, Jasper, Malachite, Obsidian, Ocean Jasper, Petalite, Pietersite, Rhodochrosite, Sodalite, Tiger Eye, Turquoise and Zoisite.
See us first for all your jewelry needs. There are hundreds of additional fine jewelry designs in pure .925 sterling silver as well as other precious and semi-precious settings. If there is a gemstone or design that you would like, be sure to ask. We will review our inventory and, when possible, make up a special lot for your review and consideration.