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How do you attach beads to "illusion" cord?

Place a drop of G-S Hypo Cement on the cord where you want to place the bead, string the bead and then slide the bead down to its position on the...

Is the color on dyed pearls permanent?

The dyes used to color pearls can fade over time. Because pearls are porous, they often absorb human oils, makeup and perfume, which can stain and...

What's the history of pearls?

It is believed by some that an ancient fish-eating tribe, perhaps along the coast of India, initially appreciated the shape and luster of saltwater...

What is the difference between saltwater and freshwater pearls?

Saltwater pearls are usually larger than freshwater pearls and are found in oysters in the ocean and other bodies of saltwater around the world. Some...

How many inches long should I make bracelets?

The standard adult-sized bracelet is approximately 7 inches for women and 8 inches for men. If you don't know the wrist size of the person you are...

What are irradiated pearls?

Gamma ray irradiation darkens the nucleus and results in darker pearls, sometimes dark enough to resemble natural-color black South Sea pearls. The...

Where can I buy replacement parts for vintage costume jewelry, like the colored rhinestones they used to have?

If you're looking for the faceted "gemstone shape," you can't go wrong with Crystal Passions chatons. They're available in a wide variety of colors...

How do I make a bail for a flat briolette using sterling wire?

Briolettes make beautiful charms or pendants when you add a wrapped loop bail. Check out our "How to make a Briolette Wrapped Loop" how-to...

Is there a white turquoise? Or a white agate?

What is commonly sold and known as white "turquoise" is actually a white magnesite. This creamy, white stone has either a brown or black matrix that...

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

A Flex shaft is a motorized piece of equipment which carves, polishes and drills holes in beads, shells and wood. Before drilling a hole with this...

What do all the initials in parenthesis after the gemstones mean-example coral (IMIT). Thank you, is it listed in the catalog?

The initials are actually symbols, or codes, used to identify the type of enhancement the stone has undergone. An example would be if you saw a (D)...

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?

Remove the quartz beads from their string and tumble them in a rotary tumbler with the appropriate abrasive polishes to remove the matte finish and...

I have a long amethyst necklace and I'm curious to know the approximate value. What do you suggest as far as selling these beads? Thank you kindly.

The value of a gemstone is largely based on its grade and there are a lot of steps that go into grading a gemstone. Each step of the grading process...

What is turquoise?

Turquoise is a hydrous copper aluminum sulfate found in every color of blue, green-blue and deep green commonly found in copper mines in China and...

How do you tell a genuine pearl from an imitation pearl?

To test, rub the pearl on the smooth surface of your tooth. The imitation will feel smooth as it rubs across the tooth surface. The genuine pearl...

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

Precious gemstones are graded by alphabet letters for the quality of the stone. This grading system is regulated by the American Gem Trade...

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,

Wiring up the rose cabochon is a great option but the wire may show between the layers of the carved rose cabochon. To keep the face of the cabochon...

How do you wash dyed howlite to stabilize the color?

Rinse dyed howlite in warm water that is comfortable to the touch then pat dry with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. Afterwards, we recommend applying...

Will .025-inch precious metal headpins go through cultured freshwater pearls?

A 0.025-inch diameter (22-gauge) headpin will typically work with a larger (6-8mm) cultured freshwater pearl as their drill hole sizes are larger...

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?

In the past twenty years, so much turquoise has been mined and become scarce while other turquoise has become more available. Each mine produces a...

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