What tools should I use to stretch the Sterling silver bezel for a cabochon that has fallen out of it's setting? Which tool do I use to get the bezel down around the stone again?
Are the value and quality of your gemstones comparable to that in jewelry stores that sell finished products?
I have some large amber nuggets which I'd like to make into a necklace and bracelet, but can't come up with a design idea other than to either just string them as they are or with small black beads between the nuggets-any suggestions? Thank you!
I was wondering if there is anything that can be done to snow quartz to make it not break so easily?
I have a pretty rose cabochon with petals that can't be set in a bezel. Should I wire wrap it - if so, how do I do this? Thank you,
I bought a strand of gemstones from a seller overseas. They are very pretty and I want to make sure they are what was advertised. Is there a way to determine a true quality gem from a very convincing knock-off?- Holly
While creating a wire wrap for a very large faceted lemon quartz briolette, I inadvertently caused chipping on each side of the top-drilled hole. I've decided not to use the stone as a briolette since the drill hole is no longer useful. Can I repair the damage and what then can I do with the stone?
I have some opals stored in glycerine oil. They have been in oil since the 1930s. Must they stay in the oil or can I put them in cage bails?
I need to identify and price turquoise I purchased in New Mexico 20 years ago. I do know that some pieces are Sleeping Beauty turquoise. What is the best approach to identifying this gemstone?
I bought some lovely white agate nugget beads. However, many of them look like their edges are dirty. Can you tell me the best way to clean these beads?
What on earth is druzy and what is druzy quartz and blue lace agate druzy? Merriam-Webster on-line does not recognize the word druzy and the word is not listed in the Fire Mountain Gems Encyclobeadia.
I had some vintage lavender beads that changed color to a light blue. Do you know what kind of bead they could be?
I'm wondering how can I drill a hole in turquoise cabochons or other gemstones?
I recently purchased a string of crystal quartz with a matte finish. Is there any way I can polish these stones so they will shine?
How do I explain to my customers what jasper is? It goes by so many names. I want to feel comfortable in what I say. I just got some banded jasper and I need something to say about it. Thanks for great products and services.
I have a heart-shaped turquoise pendant with a hole in the top that is only about 1/4 inch deep. How can I use this pendant?
I have some flat round stones that are pink with yellowish green inclusion. My bead store had them marked as Rhyolite but I can't find pictures of that stone that support that.
Hi. I would like to know if you can provide information about Waldo stone. I recently bought this stone from you, but I would like to know more information about it, like if it is manmade, where it is from, etc. Thank you.
How does chalk turquoise differ from "regular" turquoise? Is it manmade and if so, how? Is it less valuable than other types of turquoise?
What's the history of pearls?
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