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Ever wondered about the history of Sterling Silver?

Posted by Rikcie Arms on

  The sterling alloy originated in Europe and was being used for trade as early in the 12th century in the area that is now Germany. In England the composition of sterling silver was subject to official  assay at some date before 1158 during the reign of Henry II, but its purity was probably regulated from centuries earlier, in Saxon times. A piece of sterling silver dating from Henry II's reign was used as a standard in the Trial of the Pyx (A procedure used to confirm newly minted coins met required standards) until it was deposited at the Royal...

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Wonder where the Claddagh ring came from or what it means?

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So what are the Claddaghs rings origins? The name "Claddagh ring" was not used before the 1830s. Although there are various myths and legends around the origin of the Claddagh ring, it is almost certain that it originated in or close to the small fishing village of Claddagh in Galway. There are many legends about the origins of the ring, particularly concerning Richard Joyce a silversmith from Galway circa 1700, who is said to have invented the Claddagh design as we know it. Legend has it that Joyce was captured and enslaved by Algerian Corsairs around 1675 while on a...

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What is the value of cubic zirconia?

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Cubic zirconia (also known as CZ) is a crystal that is compared to a diamond because of its reflective qualities.  Its hardness is on par with a diamond making it an affordable alternative. The origination of the Cubic Zirconia came from Russia using high powered lasers. Now cubic zirconia can be found in just about every kind of jewelry. Most jewelry that contains actual cubic zirconia is sterling silver or gold. CZ's are similar to any other gem as there are variations in quality. What determines the quality of a cubic zirconia are the same as for diamonds. First is...

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A short history of birthstones

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Western custom The first century Jewish historian Josephus believed there was a connection between the twelve stones in Aaron's breatplate (as described in the Book of Exodus), the twelve months of the year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac. Translations and interpretations of the passage in Exodus regarding the breastplate have varied widely, with Josephus himself giving two different lists for the twelve stones. George Kunz argues that Josephus saw the breastplate of the Second Temple, not the one described in Exodus. St Jerome,  referencing Josephus, said the Foundation Stones of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19–20) would be appropriate...

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Is it safe to clean jewelry with alcohol and how do I do it?

Posted by David Hayes on

Rubbing alcohol (also known as Isopropyl alcohol), is a widely used as a cleaner for many household items, including jewelry. With that said, before you go and clean you jewelry with it, there are a few things you need to know. Keep reading to learn about what is safe to clean with alcohol and tips on cleaning it. So what is safe to clean with alcohol? First off all jewelry made of real precious metals such as gold and silver are safe to clean. Neither will be damaged be alcohol no matter the quality or karat as long as it...

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