Archive for November 2nd, 2006

Know The Types of Cultured Pearls

Know The Types of Cultured Pearls

When buying Pearls, the customer is presented with terminology they are not always familiar with. Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian, South Sea… What do all these mean? In order to make the best decision when buying pearls, it is important to know the differences between these type of pearls and why some are more expensive than others.Akoya Pearls Japanese pearls are probably the most well known name of a pearl type from the Akoya oyster. Most Akoya pearls are still produced in Japan but now some are…

How to Care for Pearl Jewelry

How to Care for Pearl Jewelry

Pearls are very soft and need special care. They never should be tossed on top of or next to other gems in a jewelry box. Store them in a jewelry pouch. Some women’s skin is more acidic than others. The pearls in the necklace will gradually absorb acid from the skin and the acid will slowly eat into the spherical pearl. Over time, the pearl will not only lose its luster but will become barrel-shaped. Pearl pendants do not always have such constant contact with a woman’s skin. You can slow this p…

How to Buy Pearls

How to Buy Pearls

Pearls are endlessly fascinating for their variety of colors, shapes, and origins. And they are long considered one of the most romantic jewelry gifts. Shape Choose a pearl shape: round, symmetrical or baroque and/or irregular. The most coveted shape for a pearl is round — perfectly round. And, as perfectly round pearls are as rare as totally unblemished ones, those that do exist command exorbitant prices. Other shapes are also valued. The drop pearl is particularly prized because its shape ada…

How to Care for Diamond Ring

How to Care for Diamond Ring

Lotions, creams, powders and soaps, along with your natural skin oils will give your ring a nasty film build-up. Air-borne chemicals can also slightly oxidize the mountings. It’s important to give your ring a regular cleaning so here are a few things to do:Soak your diamond ring in a solution of mild liquid detergent and hot water. Any mild detergent is fine.Use a soft brush if necessary to remove dirt. Soft brush is important to don’t scratch the ring’s metal setting. A tooth brush …

Select a Diamond Shape

Select a Diamond Shape

Diamonds come in a variety of shapes. Do not confuse cut with shape, cut is what determines how well-cut your diamond is, where as diamond shape is the shape it was cut into.Round Brilliant – Do not confuse with round. The round brilliant is the modern version of the round which has been refined for maximum shine. The round brilliant is by far the most popular and has the best angles for which to shine maximum brilliance.Oval – Not as popular for solitaires, but very popular for three stone anni…

Safeguard Your Privacy Online

Technology now provides companies with the ability to collect information about you and potentially give that information to others. While the Internet can serve as a tremendous resource for information, products and services, you should be sure to safeguard your privacy online by following these tips.Keep your personal information private Don’t disclose personal information–such as your address, telephone number, Social Security number or email address–unless you know who’s collecting the inf…

How to Shop Safely Online

Shopping online offers lots of benefits that you won’t find shopping in a store or by mail. For example, the Internet is always open – seven days a week, 24 hours a day. And, bargains can be numerous online. Shopping on the Internet also can be as safe as shopping in a store or by mail. Keep in mind the following tips to help ensure that your online shopping experience is a safe one.Use a secure browser This is the software you use to navigate the Internet. Your browser should comply with indust…

Holiday Shopping: Ensure You Get the Best Deal

We are always bombarded with different holiday sale ads on TV, your mailbox, and even in your Sunday paper. Such advertisements vary from pre-holiday sales, preferred customer specials, early bird sales, midnight madness events, and even post-holiday sales. The titles seem deceiving and you are unsure whether the deal is real. Here are some tips to help you get the most for your money.Canvass for prices – A sale price isn’t always the best price. Some shops offer sale prices for a li…

Online Holiday Shopping Advice

Celebrating any holiday can be a joy indeed, but only after undergoing a lot of stress shopping for all those goods. If you have relieved some of the stress by just purchasing online, the problem is that Internet shopping can be an unsafe environment if you are not careful. Here are our suggestions for a wise online shopper.Know who you are dealing with – Anyone can set up shop online. Do some research and confirm an online seller’s physical address and phone number (as most credible…

Feng Shui Home Decorating

Feng Shui Home Decorating

Feng Shui literally wind water is an ancient Chinese philosophy of nature. It teaches us how to live in harmony with nature and our environment. Feng Shui is sensible in that our environs have a significant impact on our well-being. If we are surrounded by decay, various symbols of death and ugliness, our psyche will suffer. If we are to surround ourselves with images of beauty and various things of light we will enrich our spirits. Chi is another important aspect in Feng Shu belief. Chi is the …