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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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

Chalk turquoise is a form of natural turquoise that has a white chalk-like consistency. It has the same chemical composition as turquoise, only...

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?

You may not need to stretch the bezel. It is most likely that some stretching has already occurred and is what led to the stone falling out. The...

I'm interested in learning more about how pearls are graded. As far as pearl quality goes, what's good and what's not?

The best pearls are those with uniform shape, the true rounds being rare and therefore one of the most valuable. The most valuable cultured...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 video.MaterialsAdditional Resources how-to video...

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...

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

That sounds like a gemstone called .

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,...

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...

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