appraisal

About Appraisals

When a diamond is graded, the jewel is examined to determine the quality of its cut, color, clarity and carat. Appraisal also applies to jewelry. The precious metal is examined for hallmarks denoting the type of material and its quality.

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Noted People in Jewelry

People have enjoyed fine jewelry since jewelry was invented. Some, not content to simply admire, have made a point to express their love of the art in ways that makes others notice. There are many people who have made a name for themselves in the field, as collectors, artists, innovators or a combination thereof. Some have been so influential that their work is still felt decades after their deaths.

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What is pave set?

When tiny stones, often diamonds, completely cover the surface of a piece of jewelry, it’s called a pave setting. Pronounced “pah-vay,” This is a popular technique to add extra sparkle and luxury to jewelry.

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Jewelry Techniques – Decorative Elements

Enameling, Cloisonné, Cameo, Intaglios, Champlevé, Basse-Taille, Plique-a-Jour, Horror Vacui vs. Openwork, Inlay, En Tremblant, Lacquer, Tassel, Gardinetto, Commesso, Pietra Dura, Micro Mosaics, Garland, Figural

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Manufacturing Techniques

Different types of manufacturing techniques include Lapidaries, Lost wax casting, Centrifugal Casting, 3D Printing, Sketching, Permanent Casting, Polishing, Setting, Goldsmith, Silversmith, Metal Clay, Wire Jewelry, Wire Drawing, Laser Engraving, Fabrication, Annealing, Professional Cleaning, Jewelry Designer, Findings.

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Manufacturing Tools

Rubber Molds, Wax Trees, Solder, Bench and Jeweler, Drawplate, Mandrel, Faceting Machine, Wax Model.

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General Cleaning

Even the most beautiful and well-made jewelry may dull over time. The more a piece is worn, the more likely it is to come into contact with dust, body oils, cosmetics and other things which may interfere with the way it hangs or reflects light. Restoring jewels to their former glory is as simple and perplexing as cleaning.

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Places to know in Jewelry

Antwerp, Australia, Afghanistan, Botswana, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chantaburi, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mexico, Montana, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New York City, Oregon, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, Zambia

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Antique Jewelry from the Middle Ages

Fine jewelry has been in many times and places. Some have been lost to time, others dismantled to make other pieces. Occasionally jewels are uncovered, but it’s hard to know about the details around their creation.

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Antique Jewelry from the Renaissance

In 1912, a group of workers in Cheapside, London, made a surprising discovery. In the cellar of an old shop they were demolishing was a wooden box containing an abundance of jewelry and other valuables.

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Antique Jewelry from the 17th Century

This jewel from the Victoria and Albert Museum features a portrait of Shah Jahan, the 5th emperor of India’s Mughal Empire. The oval cameo measures 2.3 centimeters tall by 2 centimeters wide with no mount or other features to indicate how it was worn.

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Antique Jewelry from the 18th Century

Originally a stone cutter, James Tassie’s interest in paintings led him to formal art studies and an eventual career in gem engraving. His experiments with enamel culminated in the invention of a paste glass that convincingly mimicked fine gemstones and antique cameos.

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Antique Jewelry from the 19th Century

The Necklace of the Stars is part of the collection of the Portuguese Crown Jewels. True to its name, it’s composed of eighteen stars fashioned from diamonds, fastened to a thick gold chain.

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Antique Jewelry from the 20th Century

Made in 1928 by Cartier, the Patiala Necklace gets its name from Bhupinder Singh, the then Maharaja of Patiala, India. The necklace’s purpose was to provide a showcase suitable for the Maharaja’s recent purchase, the 234.65 carat De Beers Diamond.