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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...

How do you attach beads to "illusion" cord?

Place a drop of on the cord where you want to place the bead, string the bead and then slide the bead down to its position on the cord. Let the bead...

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'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...

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 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...

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?

A pendant bail with a peg is the perfect finding for the job. The peg is designed to be glued into a half-drilled bead, like yours, and the bail...

What is the difference between "heated" and "dyed" colored stones?

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), of which Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® is a charter member, considers a stone ''heated'' when heat is used...

I am looking for the name for the stone, which is shades of green and some pink. Help?

That sounds like a gemstone called .

Can you please tell me how to test jade to see if it's real jade? Thanks!

There are many types of jade and each type has different properties. Unless you are a trained gemologist, take your jade to a reputable jeweler for...

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...

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 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?

Use a gentle liquid cleaner to release what may appear to be dirt from the thread the beads were strung on. Follow package directions with any...

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...

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

A jeweler would be your best resource as he could look at them in person and assess what material they are made from, and, if a gemstone material,...

How should I care for my pearl jewelry?

Store pearls in a soft cloth pouch or wrap them in a soft cloth. Pearls are a soft gemstone material and should be treated delicately; they require...

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

The American Gem Traders Association would be the regulatory agency to contact. They may be able to guide you in locating a local appraiser for your...

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