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Sofia Vergara Dazzles in Jewelry Worth Over $7 Million at the 2013 Emmys
September 24, 2013

The extremely beautiful Sofia Vergara stunned at the Emmys the right way, sporting jewelry that was worth over $7 million. According to Yahoo's US Weekly:

The Modern Family actress wowed in a red, cleavage-enhancing sleeveless Vera Wang mermaid gown that hugged her curves, but it wasn't her natural assets that stole the spotlight -- it was the $7 million-worth of jewelry she had on!

Statement-making ruby, sapphire, and Colombian Emerald earrings (a nod to her native country) hung from her lobes. On her fingers were a 21-carat Asscher-cut diamond ring and a 40-carat Colombian emerald and rose-cut diamond ring. The tremendous bling was all courtesy of celeb-beloved jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

Indeed, it was a dazzling evening for the actress, 41, who was recently named the highest-paid actress by Forbes for the second year in a row. Modern Family won best comedy, and it looked like Vergara had an amazing time celebrating with her fiance Nick Loeb.

- Source: Yahoo's US Weekly

Never forget, if there is a piece of celebrity jewelry that catches your attention, we can create the custom piece for you at a reasonable price. 

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Cleaning Your Jewelry
August 6, 2013

There are different methods to make your jewelry look shiny and new again.  Having it cleaned professionally by a jeweler may not be convenient for most due to busy life schedules.  Luckily, basic household items such as vinegar, aluminum foil and antacid will yield similar sparkly results.

Diamonds are a precious investment, so it's important clean them as soon as they get dirty to keep them looking fabulous.  Clean jewelry with diamonds by soaking it for five minutes in a mixture 1/4 cup of ammonia plus 1 cup of warm water.  If there is still some filth on the jewelry, then use a toothbrush with soft bristles to remove stubborn dirt.  

Your gemstone and gold jewelry can be cleaned quickly with vinegar by soaking it in vinegar for about 10 to 15 minutes.  Again, you can use a toothbrush with soft bristles in removing difficult stains.  With a solution of two antacid tablets in a glass filled with warm water is another method for cleaning gemstone jewelry.  Drop your jewelry in the solution letting it sit for about two minutes.

Using aluminum foil for silver jewelry is a great way to remove any tarnished areas.  Crumple a piece of aluminum foil and put it in a tray.  Place jewelry on top of the crumpled foil paper and sprinkle some baking soda over it.  Then pour some boiling water over it.  The tarnish from the jewelry will be eliminated and transferred to the foil.  Flip the jewelry to remove the tarnish from all sides.  When all tarnished areas are removed, rinse it with water.

There are also commercial products that you can be used in cleaning jewelry at home.  The Sparkle Bright Products All-Natural Jewelry Cleaner/Tarnish Remover & Polishing Cream can remove all the tarnish on precious jewelry.  It does not contain any ingredients that produce the scent of harsh chemicals and best of all it's non-abrasive.   Another product to use is the Pink Lady Sunshine Jewelry Cleaner Ultra Kit.  This product can clean all types of jewelry including pearls and opals.  The Polishing Cream does not contain any acid, ammonia, alcohol, abrasives or any other harmful chemicals.  The Blitz Gem & Jewelry Cleaner Concentrate can be used in various types of cleaning machines.  It is non-toxic with a very pleasant odor.  The Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner is the best solution for cleaning precious diamonds and other stones with a brush and a cup (which is included with this product).  The Weiman Jewelry Cleaner comes with a brush that is used to remove grime from jewelry to restore its brightness.  It contains surfactants, chelating agent and ammonia.

Clean jewelry often to keep it looking amazing!  Whether using household products or commercial products make sure that it can remove dirt from the jewelry

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Metal Types
August 6, 2013

There are several types of metals that are used in creating jewelry.  Strength, weight and other characteristics are considered during the development stages.  

One of the most popular metals is the gold, which is available in a variety of carats and color.  Pure gold is not recommend for making jewelry since it is soft and it cannot hold the weight of precious stones.  The carat of the gold is equal to its purity, meaning that the purest gold has the highest rating.  Other metals can also be joined to improve its luster and strength.  As a result, the color can also be changed.  So far, the most popular colors are yellow gold, and white gold.  Choose a gold piece with a high carat for long lasting shine.

Pure silver is also too soft and is not perfect for making jewelry.  It's susceptible to tarnish, but it's luster and strength can be improved by adding other metals.  Moisture or oils in a person's skin easily tarnish silver, therefore silver is not for everyone.

The strongest metal available is titanium.  It comes in a lot of colors and requires less maintenance from other types of metals, making it the popular choice among the different types of metals.  However, not all people can afford it because it is quite expensive.  People with metal allergies prefer this type, because it does not contain any nickel; a common allergy trigger.  The color of titanium will never fade.

Platinum is the best metal for jewelry with diamonds.  It is solid form and strength last longer compared to gold and silver.  However, it is heavier compared to titanium. The luster is improved by adding some metals into it.  Platinum is a rare type of metal that is why it is also quite expensive making it more precious than gold and silver. Even if it is heavier than other metals, there are some people who enjoy the feeling of having a heavier jewelry piece.  Its color will not fade requiring less maintenance. 

Stainless steel looks just like silver yet, it's more solid and it doesn't tarnish as quickly as silver.  It also doesn't contain nickel (which can causes allergies for some).  It's more expensive than silver.  Most people (more commonly men) prefer the metallic look of stainless steel over the lustrous silver look.

These are just some of the most popular metals used for making jewelry.

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GIA vs EGL Diamonds
August 6, 2013

When buying certified diamonds it is very important that every customer make an educated decision to avoid regrets.  Even if diamonds are graded similarly from laboratory to laboratory each is based on the 4 C's (carat, clarity, color, and cut), there will always be a variation in its quality.  

Two of the most famous laboratories are European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) and Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  It is best to gain an understanding of the differences between these two laboratories in choosing suitable certification.

In 1931, GIA was launched and now they are considered as the leading experts in gemology all over the world.  They have 1,400 employees which consist of certified diamond graders, scientists as well as educators.  They are located in most diamond cities such as Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, Mumbai, Moscow, New York and others.  GIA utilizes credited grading standards based on the 4 Cs as well as other types of popularly used grading methods.  Aside from diamond grading, they also offer laser inscription and a variety of educational services which can be helpful to consumers as well as diamond professionals.

EGL was first established in 1974.  There are more than 1,100 diamond graders, scientists, and educators who are working for EGL USA and EGL International.  EGL USA has locations in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver and New York.  While EGL International has locations are in Tel Aviv, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Hong Kong and others.  EGL is best known for using "SI3" rating in identifying clarity.  They were also the ones who discovered the grading techniques used for diamonds which are less than one carat.

Generally, most consumers prefer to buy a GIA certified diamond over an EGL certified diamond.  GIA is uses strict standards when it comes to grading loose diamonds.  The standards that they use are the same throughout all of their locations worldwide.  In GIA, a diamond will be examined by four expert gemologists and each of them is picked randomly to be sure that their decision in not biased.

The grading standards used by EGL are quite lenient and these standards differ in each location.  EGL USA is stricter in grading diamonds compared to the locations for EGL International.  Actually, the quality of an EGL certified diamond is similar to a GIA certified diamond graded in two colors and lower by one grade for clarity.  For instance, if an EGL diamond was graded VS2 in clarity and G in color then it is the same with a GIA diamond which was graded SI1 in clarity and I in color.  

Overall, diamonds which are GIA certified are more valuable.  Consumers feel more confident with the purchase of these diamonds but, due to the inconsistencies in the grading standards used it is more affordable to buy EGL diamonds.

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Wedding Ring Guide
August 6, 2013

After making that BIG decision there are a lot of things to do before choosing "that" perfect ring...

There are different types of wedding rings for both men and women.  Traditionally the wedding ring is worn together on the same finger as the engagement ring.  Some customers prefer that both rings both match in metal or the shape and size of the diamonds.  Another option is to create a unique combination and design that does not match the engagement ring.  This combination is now becoming popular because it is very unique.  Plain bands are a simpler alternative.

Sometimes the setting is forgotten when making a decision.  For instance, a three-stone diamond ring (that represents the past, present, and your future life together) requires a different setting from a modern square cut diamond.  To create sparkle, a prong setting is best while channel settings protect the diamonds.  A bezel setting allows the diamonds to be mounted while the outer metal is on the edge of the diamond.  It is quite classy and unique; sometimes it is also known as "the thinking man's setting."  Either way, it is always a good idea to keep the setting in mind. 

One of the best shapes of polished diamonds is the brilliant cut, which creates a great sparkle because of its 57 facets.  An emerald cut can produce brilliance due to a parallel of facets and a rectangular diamond cut.  

More and more gemstone are being used as engagement rings.  It can be personalized by choosing the birthstone.  The skies the limit when choosing the perfect ring/s.

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