Monday, July 24, 2006

Gold Cubic Zirconia Ring

For those on a strict budget a gold cubic zirconia ring can be ideal. The cubic zirconia looks like a diamond, feels like a diamond and cost a lot less.

According to Price of Diamonds:

"Cubic zirconia was discovered by Two German scientists in 1937. However it was not until; the 1970's when the potential for cubic zirconia became apparent when a Russian scientist discovered process to create it in a laboratory."

"From then Swarovski & Co. started to make cubic zirconia in large quantities for the diamond market."

A cubic zirconia is made is a made up of zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide and, through a complicated process of melting together the two chemicals, a radiant crystal is created. 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit are required to melt the two chemicals together but the most important part of the process is the cooling. In order to create flawless crystals the cooling process must be done correctly otherwise cracks and inclusions result.

A gold cubic zirconia ring does have a little less sparkle than the real thing but has more color and fire. It weights in at about 75% more than a diamond but this is hardly noticeable until one actually weighs the stone.

In fact, most people are unable to tell the difference between a diamond and a cubic zirconia but one way is to look at the cubic zirconia under a magnification of around 10x. You can see the facets do not point properly and where facets intersect, it is not a straight line, but the intersection is more rounded than the diamond's facets. Other ways to tell the difference are doing a specific gravity test on an un-mounted stone, marking ink on the top of the stone (the ink beads up on a cubic zirconia), when gem-printed a cubic zirconia photograph's reflective and refractive patterns, and when measuring heat conductivity, a cubic zirconia registers red on the indicator (a diamond is green).”

The gold cubic zirconia ring is an ideal substitute for a diamond for those that are in a limited budget but still like to see the flash and sparkle of an apparent diamond and can still give great pleasure for many years.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Gold Coin Jewellery

Gold coin jewellery is very popular with some people and one can get a great variety of gold coin jewellery to suit most tastes.

As well as purchasing gold coin jewellery one can also make ones own using real gold coins of course. One would not use Proof gold coins or collectors gold coins as, by using them as jewellery where they get handled and possibly some rough treatment, one would be reducing the value of the coins.

A lot will depend on the reason for having gold coin jewelery but if it is to wear then you would simply get a used gold coin and have that set in a bezel and mounted as a pendant perhaps, or set in a gold ring.

Often you will find gold coins can even be set in watches but here it is virtually impossible to see if they coin is real gold since you have no access to it so it is probably not wise to assume that the coin within the watch is all it seems to be or is promoted to be.

With gold coin jewelery it is probably easier to seek out and browse the many gold coin jewellery items available and find that which suits your taste best.

Having a coin mounted is going to cost a lot more and it is better to keep your gold coins in the container in which they came uncontaminated by the environment.

So then, browsing the various gold coin jewellery set you can select a piece that fits in with your budget as well as your taste. Maintaining the jewellery piece is important and, in this case, it might be better to take your gold coin jewellery to a professional jeweller who can clean it for you periodically.

When purchasing try to get a certificate that states the type and value of the gold coin and the gold content. If it is then later found to have less gold in it, such as the coin being 14 karat gold instead of the stated 24 karat, you will have a written statement to fall back on.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

White Gold Belly Ring

A white gold belly ring can make a midriff look very sexy. White gold is gold that has been alloyed or mixed with other metals such as platinum, palladium and silver to create that white gold effect. Often it is also coated in rhodium to make it look really white. It is different to platinum which is a harder different precious and more expensive metal altogether.

A white gold belly ring can feature a diamond also and in that case a proper certificate of authenticity should be obtained for the diamond to establish if it is genuine or not and what grade of diamond it is.

There is a great variety of white gold belly rings available and you can choose something that suits your body well as well as your taste in jewellery.

You can browse online a great many sites that have a diverse range of white gold belly rings to give you an idea of what is available and what might suit you best.

It is important that it is properly inserted into the belly and you should seek a professional person to do so. There can be several months of getting used to it in place and it is vital to keep it and the hole properly maintained. There must be plenty of freedom and letting air circulate around the piece is also important.

Washing in warm soapy water and rinsing really well will help to keep it clean of contaminants such as body sweat, grime, creams and other chemicals that find their way onto the skin. Also keeping it dry and properly stored when not in use is important.

If you spend some time finding the right white gold belly ring and then have it professionally inserted, keep it well maintained, there is no reason why your white gold belly ring should not give you and probably others, many years of pleasure!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Rose Gold Watch

Of the myriad variety of watches perhaps the rose gold watch is one of the most exquisite.

Rose gold watches are available in a large variety of types and sizes and some are gold and some are not.

You can get real rose gold, rose gold plated, just pink and not gold so you do need to be careful and ensure you establish exactly what it is you are getting when you buy a rose gold watch.

Many rose gold watches are simply gold plated. This means the gold content is very small and the plating can be extremely thin and, after a while, will wear away and look very unsightly.

Find out how much gold is in the watch? Find out the karat. It should really be 14 karat or more ideally. 22 or 24 karat, or pure gold is very rare and would be too much as gold is a soft malleable metal and can easily be distorted and broken. By mixing it with other metals such as platinum, palladium, silver and other metals, it is made more durable and long lasting.

Of course rose gold watches are liked by men as well as women. In fact the very ornate ones are popular as bling bling in the hip hop culture. You can get rose gold watches encrusted with diamonds and heavy gold.

For those on a sever budget the diamonds are fake of course and the gold is more than likely thinly plated but they look flashy and certainly make a statement!

Solid rose gold watches with real diamonds set in are for the wealthy. If money is no object one can get a fantastic and very tasteful rose gold watch for a few thousand dollars.

As in buying any jewellery, always ensure you are getting what you pay for,. Certificates to authenticate the watch, diamonds and gold are the order of the day. If the watch is extremely expensive and independent appraisal should be done for insurance and possible later resale purposes.

If you like rose gold watches you are sure, after some window shopping, to find the rose gold watch that suits you and from which you can get a great deal of pleasure.