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Topics: Tools, Stonesetting

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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?

Topics: Gemstones, Grading

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Are the value and quality of your gemstones comparable to that in jewelry stores that sell finished products?

Topics: Gemstone, Amber, Nuggets

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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!

Topics: Gemstone, Snow Quartz, Stabilize

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I was wondering if there is anything that can be done to snow quartz to make it not break so easily?

Topics: Cabochon, Setting

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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,

Topics: Gemstones, Quality, Genuine

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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?

Topics: Gemstones, Briolette

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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?

Topics: Beading

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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?

Topics: Gemstones, Turquoise

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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?

Topics: Gemstone Beads, Agates, Cleaning

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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?

Topics: Gemstones/Druzy

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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.

Topics: Beads, Lavender, Blue

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I had some vintage lavender beads that changed color to a light blue. Do you know what kind of bead they could be?

Topics: Gemstones, Drilling

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I'm wondering how can I drill a hole in turquoise cabochons or other gemstones?

Topics: Gemstones, Quartz, Polishing

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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?

Topics: Gemstones, Jasper

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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.

Topics: Gemstone, Turquoise, Half-Drilled

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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?

Topics: Gemstones, Rhyolite

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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.

Topics: Gemstones, Waldo Stone

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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.

Topics: Gemstones, Chalk Turquoise

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How does chalk turquoise differ from "regular" turquoise? Is it manmade and if so, how? Is it less valuable than other types of turquoise?

Topics: Pearls, History

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What's the history of pearls?

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