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Do you have Layaway?
Why am I receiving emails?
How can I check the status of my order?
What about shipping?
Can I change or cancel my order?
What are your return policys?
Do you have any return instruction procedures?
What if my item(s) are damaged when they arrive?
About the pictured jewelry.
Facts about designer names.
Facts about Colored Gems
Facts about diamond.
Facts about pearls.
Facts about gold.
Facts about white gold.
Facts about platinum.
Facts about sterling silver
Facts about titanium.
Facts about stainless steel.
Facts about tungsten.
Facts about Marcasites.
Can you resize rings?
Basic jewelry maintenance facts.
What about payments and security?


Do you have Layaway?
YES! We do! Don't have enough money to spare all at one time? That's ok; we can help you with your purchase. ______________________________________________________________________________ Simply add up the totals of the items you want and divide it by 3. That is your first installment payment we need to put your items on "hold" status. You will need to make 2 more payments no later than 1 month from the previous payment. (We will send an invoice). ______________________________________________________________________________ For first timers we ask that your layaway items total no more than $250.00, unless special arrangements are made with us or you put a predetermined (by us) extra amount down on the first installment payment. MAKE SURE you are serious as we DO NOT refund the first installment payment if you default on the layaway plan and only 55% of the second payment amount if in fact you are into the second payment. ______________________________________________________________________________ After you decide this is the way for you to go, email us at thejewelrybox-orders@charter.net. Put in the subject line Layaway. .................................................................................................................................................... In the message put the items you would like to put on layaway and we will, after approval send an invoice for your first installment payment. This must be paid immediately for the items to be placed on hold.

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Why am I receiving emails?
After you place your order, you will receive e-mails about that order. Some examples of e-mails you might receive are...... Order Confirmation. This e-mail confirms that we have received your order. It includes your order number. Keep this e-mail for your records. Backorder / Advanced Sale. This e-mail informs you that an item from your order is not available for immediate shipment and will ship when it is available. Shipment Confirmation. This e-mail confirms that your order or part of your order has shipped. You may receive multiple e-mails depending on the items you selected, or if you ordered multiple items and they were shipped separately. The arrival time of your order depends on the shipping method selected, item selected, and your shipping location. Important Notice About Your Order. There are a few reasons why you would receive this e-mail, including difficulty in processing your order, inability to ship to the address provided, duplicate order, or cancellation of order.

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How can I check the status of my order?
Please wait 24 hours before inquirying about any infomration on your order. We should send you an update of your order within that time period. If you have not received any information on when it will ship please email us at: thejewelrybox-orders@charter.net. Please note your order number in the subject line.

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What about shipping?
We ship best ground carrier to your area. We provide insurance on your purchase and a tracking number when available. (This will be emailed to you). Your shipping totals will be calculated at checkout. If you need your product sooner please provide this information on the notes section when making your purchase.

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Can I change or cancel my order?
After you have paid for your order it begins to process and you cannot cancel or change it. * The system is designed to fill orders and get them on their way as quickly as possible. Once you receive your order in the mail, simply return any items you do not want by following the returns policy. *Note: You may only cancel your order if you receive an e-mail notifying you that:.one or more items in your order is unavailable. (You may then cancel those item(s). Occasionally, orders or parts of an order are cancelled by the system for various reasons. Some reasons are: Item(s) not available. Difficulty in processing your payment information. Cannot ship to address provided. Duplicate order was placed. If your order is cancelled, you will receive an important notice regarding your order via e-mail which will explain the reason for the cancellation. If a refund is due it will be processed immediately.

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What are your return policys?
Return Rules and Restrictions Items must be returned within 10 days (of the date your order was shipped from our shipping center) for a full refund, or within 20 days for an exchange. Packages must be postmarked within the 10- or 20- day period. You must include the return portion of the original packing slip stating the reason for the return. Be certain to save copies for your records. Shipping and handling costs, gift bag costs and other additional charges are non-refundable. We will not accept CODs or third party billing for returned merchandise. If there is extensive damage to an item upon delivery, email us immediately at thejewelrybox@charter.net. We will examine the returned item(s) and issue the appropriate refunds. You can expect a refund in the same form of payment originally used for purchase within 30 days of our receiving your returned product.

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Do you have any return instruction procedures?
Yes....Returns Instructions Here are the basic steps: 1. Please refer to your packing slip for specific return information. 2. Pack the item securely in the original package, if possible. Enclose the return portion of the original packing slip with the item. 3. All products must be returned in the same condition as when they were shipped, in original boxes, and with all paperwork and accessories. This is the ONLY way to ensure full credit. 4. All return shipping charges must be prepaid. We cannot accept C.O.D. deliveries. 5. Ship the return package to the address indicated on the packing slip. For your protection, we recommend that you use UPS or Insured Parcel Post for your return. 6. Keep the Return Tracking Number from the package you are returning to ensure that the package is returned to the shipping center. 7. You can expect a refund in the same form of payment originally used for purchase within 30 days of our receiving your returned product. Please note that your original shipping, handling, gift bag or other additional costs will not be refunded.

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What if my item(s) are damaged when they arrive?
EMAIL US IMMEDIATELY at thejewelrybox@charter.net. Make sure you put your order number on the subject line. It is VERY important that you contact us prior to the return to assure that the item(s) is/are indeed damaged before the return shipping. We will also issue you a "damage" return code to put on the return packing slip.

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About the pictured jewelry.
Please note: All pictures have been optically enlarged to show detail.

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Facts about designer names.
All of the brand names are guaranteed to be authentic and new. All trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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Facts about Colored Gems
Despite the immense popularity of diamonds, colored gemstones have always been among the most popular and expressive forms of jewelry. The bright colors of colored gems give each a unique personality, and personal tastes in color often dictate preferences for particular stones. __________________________________________________________________________________ Long before diamonds were found worthy of jewelry, people revered sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and all manner of colored stones. In addition, almost all colored gems were believed to have special powers or cure specific illnesses. There was a time when a collection of different gemstones was the equivalent of a medicine cabinet! __________________________________________________________________________________ Today, gemstones are still loved for their beauty and "personality." The precious gemstones - sapphire, ruby, and emerald - are among the most prized. Precious gemstones of good size and quality are so rare that a natural, unenhanced, strongly colored stone can be worth as much per carat, or more, than a diamond of comparable quality. __________________________________________________________________________________ Given the extreme cost and rarity of such stones, jewelers developed ways to enhance the appearance of more common stones, both precious and semi-precious. For hundreds of years, it has been common practice to heat gems to bring out their best color. This is viewed as simply extending what nature started, since it is the heat and pressure within the earth that gives gems their color. __________________________________________________________________________________ There are many other common types of treatment to enhance the beauty of colored gemstones. Emeralds are often oiled and waxed to protect them and to hide fine lines that naturally occur in the stone. Some sapphires have their blue color enhanced using diffusion, a chemical process. Certain stones are treated with radiation, again mimicking the processes of nature. All these practices are standard in the jewelry industry; in fact, enhancement is so common that good quality unenhanced stones often come with a certificate stating that fact. __________________________________________________________________________________ Other than the oil on emeralds, which can last for years before needing replacement, any quality enhancement is permanent and should not require special care. With emeralds, you should simply be careful not to clean the stone too vigorously or you might remove the layer of wax or oil, changing the appearance of the stone. If this happens, bring it to your jeweler to have the layer reapplied. Bringing your emerald in for a cleaning and re-oiling on a regular basis will help keep it looking its best. __________________________________________________________________________________ Synthetic or "lab-created" stones, on the other hand, are grown using the same ingredients as the natural stones. They are chemically identical to natural stones, but more affordable, and its easier to get a large, well-colored lab-created gem than a natural one. Lab-created gems frequently have fewer "inclusions," the internal flaws common in precious gems. With technical advances, many high quality lab-created stones can only be differentiated from a natural by a trained professional. Almost any gem can be made in a lab, but the precious gems - emeralds, rubies and sapphires - are the most common. __________________________________________________________________________________ Included in each gemstone description below is its Mohs' Hardness Rating, based on the system developed by Austrian mineralogist Friedrich Mohs to compare the relative hardness of different minerals. The scale ranks from softest (talc, with a ranking of 1) to hardest (diamond, which is the only mineral ranked 10). Hardness is the resistance to scratching. When various minerals are scratched against each other, any mineral with a higher hardness ranking will mark any mineral with a lower ranking. __________________________________________________________________________________ PRECIOUS GEMSTONES Only three colored gemstones are considered precious. These are the emerald, sapphire and ruby, which have retained their prized positions among jewels due to their extraordinary colors and extreme rarity. Precious gemstones with good color and large size are very hard to come by. Because of their rarity, it is common to use stones with inclusions and blemishes in jewelry. __________________________________________________________________________________ SEMI-PRECIOUS GEMSTONES A semi-precious gemstone includes any gemstone other than sapphire, emerald or ruby. The value of semi-precious gemstones can vary depending on the availability of the mineral; natural black opal, for example, is hard to come by and more valuable than most other semi-precious stones. As a rule, however, semi-precious stones are always more plentiful than precious stones. That makes it easier to find large, well-colored, very clean stones appropriate for jewelry. In addition, the wide range of colors available makes semi-precious stones the choice for people who want to create their own look with their jewelry.

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Facts about diamond.
You may take any Diamond Item to a local Jeweler to get an appraisal for Insurance Purposes within 30 Days, if you are not completely satisfied you can return the item for a full refund minus original shipping costs. ______________________________________________________________________________ What You Should Know About Buying Diamonds There are 4 C's that you should be familiar with prior to purchasing your loose diamond: 1. Carats 2. Clarity 3. Color 4. Cut By educating yourself in the 4 C's before making your purchase, you will get more bang for your buck! This means better quality for your money invested. Unless your pockets are lined with gold, it is important to decide which of the 4 C's is most significant to you. In doing so, you will be better equipped to decide if you would like a larger diamond with less brilliance or a smaller one with more flare. ______________________________________________________________________________ Brief Description of the 4 C's: Let's touch on a basic meaning of the 4 C's. 1. Carats - Diamond Carat refers to the weight of diamonds. 2. Clarity - Diamond Clarity measures the amount of inclusions {inclusions interfere with the light passing through and therefore lowers the brilliance + fire}. 3. Color - Diamond Color Grading evaluates the whiteness of loose diamonds {the more yellow, the less its value}. 4. Cut - Diamond Cut measures the quality, not shape of the diamonds {a better cut results in more sparkle - simple as that}. ______________________________________________________________________________ Let's Dig a Little Deeper: CARATS: All loose diamonds are measured by carat weight. Normally, people want the largest diamond they can get. But technically, larger sized diamonds usually suffer in quality, such as a loss in brilliance. In order to cut loose diamonds at the best angles to produce the most fire, much of the original diamond rough is lost; thereby, resulting in a great decrease in the diamond's carat weight. ______________________________________________________________________________ There are 100 points to a carat and a carat equals 1/5 of a gram. Don't be fooled into buying loose diamonds that are said to be .25 points. They are NOT a quarter of a carat, and will be so small that they should only be used as accents to other stones or the gold itself. ______________________________________________________________________________ Since larger loose diamonds are more rare, the price of carats per gram rises dramatically at an exponential rate. A one carat diamond is worth more than several diamonds that measure a carat in total weight. ______________________________________________________________________________ CLARITY: Clarity refers to the clearness or purity of a diamond. Very rarely will one find perfect loose diamonds that are clear and clean of imperfections. When buying diamond jewelry, look for a clear diamond. Inclusions can sometimes be minor if not seen by the naked eye. When looking at clarity, look for a diamond that is from Flawless to Very Slightly Included; those are stones that look clear to the naked eye. ______________________________________________________________________________ There are two Clarity grading scales done by the American Gem Society Laboratories {AGSL} and Gemological Institute of America {GIA}. ______________________________________________________________________________ The AGSL scale is from 0 to 10, with 0 being flawless. The GIA scale has a scale that grades diamonds from Flawless to Imperfect {FL to I3}. ______________________________________________________________________________ GIA Clarity Scale: Flawless {FL} and Internally Flawless {IF} diamonds are virtually flawless with no natural inclusions seen under 10x magnification. These diamonds are extremely rare. ______________________________________________________________________________ Very Very Slightly Included {VVS1 and VVS2} diamonds have inclusions that are difficult to see under 10x magnification. They have excellent quality. It is extremely difficult to see, only visible from the pavilion, or have small and shallow inclusions that could be removed with minor polishing. ______________________________________________________________________________ Very Slightly Included {VS1 and VS2} diamonds have inclusions that are difficult to see with the naked eye. They are less expensive than VVS1 and VVS2. Inclusions in VS1 are difficult to see and somewhat easier to see in VS2 diamonds. ______________________________________________________________________________ Slightly Included {SI1 and SI2} have inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification and may be seen with the naked eye. They are a good value because their brilliance is still high but their prices are more affordable. ______________________________________________________________________________ Imperfect {I1, I2 and I3} diamonds contain inclusions that are obvious under 10x magnification and can easily been seen under the naked eye. These diamond gradings don't have as much sparkle to the naked eye. ______________________________________________________________________________ COLOR: Loose diamonds come in varying colors from yellow to light brown. Other colors, such as pink and black, are known as fancy diamonds and are not included in this color scale. The favorite color grading is colorless which is extremely rare. ______________________________________________________________________________ Color grading for diamonds has letter grades from D to Z. ______________________________________________________________________________ White Diamond Color Scale: D is colorless and extremely rare. ______________________________________________________________________________ E is colorless with trace color only uncovered by an expert gemologist. ______________________________________________________________________________ F is colorless with a little bit more trace color than E, but still only detected by an expert gemologist. ______________________________________________________________________________ G-H are near colorless, but excellent value. ______________________________________________________________________________ I-J are near colorless, color is slightly detected. ______________________________________________________________________________ K-Z loose diamonds that have a faint yellow to light yellow color. ______________________________________________________________________________ The best value diamonds are G-I; however, look at grades D-H when looking for an engagement ring diamond. ______________________________________________________________________________ When buying loose diamonds for engagement rings or wedding rings, remember to start off with a budget. There is a modern convention that the engagement ring should have a value equal to approximately two month's salary. Once you have established a budget, you can find out more information on the type of loose diamond you want. ______________________________________________________________________________ CUT: Popular shapes for a center diamond stone are emerald, heart, marquise, oval, pear, princess, radiant and round. The most traditional and popular shape is a round diamond. A round diamond shows the most brilliance and sparkle while also hiding imperfections because of its cut and shape. The other diamond shapes are sometimes more expensive because of the difficulty of cutting a diamond into various shapes. ______________________________________________________________________________ When choosing a diamond shape, think of her style and preferences. Does she like the traditional? If so, then a round diamond solitaire ring would be a good style for her. Is she modern and prefers the more trendy styles? A princess or emerald diamond shape may be her favorite. ______________________________________________________________________________ Speak to her friends and do a bit of investigating; it's possible she may already have an ideal diamond ring in mind. ______________________________________________________________________________ Study the 4 C's - Cut, Clarity, Color and Carats, to be better informed. The most important C is the cut.

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Facts about pearls.
The pearl, symbol of purity, virtue and modesty, is also one of the most precious types of jewelry. Technically known as "organic gems" since they are formed by shellfish, pearls have been harvested and worn for more than 4,000 years. The way they are acquired - and their appearance - has changed dramatically over time, especially in the past hundred years, but pearl jewelry nonetheless continues to be a classic. ______________________________________________________________________________ A pearl is formed when an irritant, such as sand or a parasite, becomes lodged in the shell of an oyster. The oyster deposits layers of a semi-translucent crystalline material called "nacre" around the intruder, where it builds up in layers like the rings of a tree. This process of building up can continue for years, resulting in a pearl. In nature, pearls take many years to develop and often have irregular shapes, ranging from slightly off-spherical to twisting, bulging shapes called "baroque." In any shape, natural pearls are rare and very costly. ______________________________________________________________________________ Around the beginning of the 20th century, it was learned that if a sphere of material was placed into an oyster and the oyster stimulated correctly, the oyster would coat the sphere with nacre, creating an almost perfectly round pearl. The longer the pearl remains in the oyster, the larger and more valuable the pearl becomes. These are called "cultured" pearls. Almost all pearls used in jewelry today, including all the pearls sold by The Jewelry Box, are cultured pearls. Pearls are cultured around the world today, and different types of oysters - or mollusks in freshwater - raised in different environments create cultured pearls with different sizes, colors and other qualities. ______________________________________________________________________________ Cultured pearls are rated on five different qualities................................................................................................................................................ Luster and orient: Luster is the sharpness and intensity of reflections on the pearl's surface, and orient is the iridescent colors one sees within the pearl. The higher the luster and orient, the more valuable the pearl. ______________________________________________________________________________ Color: Color describes both the main color (usually white, black or yellow) and the undertone (often pink, rose, or even green.) In addition, pearls can be dyed any shade to meet personal preference. ______________________________________________________________________________ Cleanliness: Describes how many imperfections are found on the surface of the pearl. Some imperfections are expected on all real pearls, natural or cultured, but the fewer and less noticeable they are, the better. ______________________________________________________________________________ Shape: In general, spherical pearls are the most prized. However, it is common to find small imperfections of shape, which can sometimes be desirable as long as they are symmetrical. For example, teardrop shaped pearls are often used in earrings and pendants. ______________________________________________________________________________ Size: Cultured pearls are sold by diameter, measured in millimeters. In general, larger cultured pearls are rarer and more costly. Price rises significantly with the size of a pearl. ______________________________________________________________________________ In addition, one should look at how well matched pearls are when combined in jewelry, such as on a necklace or in earrings. You should look for pearls that are essentially the same size, color, shape and luster. Keep in mind that the more well-matched pearls there are in a piece of jewelry, the higher the cost. That's why pearl earrings cost more than two individual pearls. ______________________________________________________________________________ When you buy cultured pearls, keep in mind that they are fairly soft as gems go. They can be scratched easily if they are bumped into things, and can also be scratched by other jewelry they might come into contact with. Keep them separate from harder gems in your jewelry box. ______________________________________________________________________________ Recently, techniques have been developed to culture pearls in freshwater mollusks. These pearls are sometimes called "Biwa pearls" after the lake in Japan where they were first developed, but today that name should only be used for cultured pearls from Lake Biwa. ______________________________________________________________________________ Freshwater cultured pearls are cultivated around the world, including Tennessee, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are spheres and used like other round pearls; some are buttons and used to accent jewelry; and some are blister shapes called Mabé which are often used in earrings and other pieces with closed backs.

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Facts about gold.
Gold has the longest and most storied history of all precious metals. It is soft enough to be worked into interesting shapes, and its warm color and scarcity gave it great value in early civilizations. It has been the foundation of many monetary systems, and remains important to our economy even today. ______________________________________________________________________________ As jewelry, it was gold's softness and natural beauty that made it appealing, in addition to the fact that it doesn't corrode or tarnish. It is so soft, in fact, that pure gold is rarely used in jewelry. It is mixed with another metal, usually copper or silver, to make a stronger gold alloy, or mixture of metals. The quantity of gold in a given alloy is expressed in karats (abbreviated as K or KT). Pure gold is 24K; 18K gold is 75% gold and 25% other metals. In other words, each karat is equal to roughly 4.17% of the total of the alloy. ______________________________________________________________________________ As the karat weight drops, the metal becomes more durable but less yellow. Sometimes gold that is a lower karat weight will be plated in high-karat gold to enhance the color. This is perfectly acceptable as long as you pay a fair price. Also keep in mind that gold plating will wear off with time and your jewelry may need to be re-plated.

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Facts about white gold.
White gold has the same properties as yellow gold, but it has been mixed with different metals to give it a white color. Instead of the copper and silver used in yellow gold, white gold contains such metals as nickel, zinc, or even platinum. However, white gold should not be confused with platinum, which is much rarer than gold and hence more valuable. ______________________________________________________________________________ The karat weight system used in white gold is the same as that used in yellow gold. 18K yellow gold and 18K white gold contain the same proportion of gold; only the remaining 25% of the alloy is different. Sometimes, white gold is plated with an even whiter metal, such as rhodium (a very rare member of the platinum family), to enhance its appearance. ______________________________________________________________________________ White gold was developed to give a different look to jewelry. The white color is an excellent setting for very white diamonds, and when used side by side with yellow gold, it creates a striking effect. Jewelry using both white and yellow gold is called "two-tone."

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Facts about platinum.
The most precious metal commonly found in jewelry is the silvery-white metal platinum. It is a relative newcomer to jewelry, having become popular in the past 200 years or so. Like gold, it is rare and heavy, but it is more durable than gold and is sold in purer form. It is sometimes mixed with a little bit of iridium and ruthenium, which are similar to platinum but much rarer, for added strength. Platinum is not sold according to karat weights. It is stamped PT or plat in the United States to indicate that it is platinum. ______________________________________________________________________________ Because of its purity, platinum is excellent for people who are allergic to other metals. Its light color also makes it popular. Like white gold, it makes very white diamonds appear bright. ______________________________________________________________________________ Platinum has enjoyed an enormous resurgence in popularity in recent years. It has a very understated and old-fashioned look that has come back into style, leading more jewelry designers to work with this metal.

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Facts about sterling silver
The standard for sterling silver has remained unchanged since 1300 when Edward I of England established an early trade practice rule for silversmiths, decreeing that sterling must consist of 92.5 percent pure silver alloyed with 7.6 percent copper. The term "sterling" refers to the composition of the metal, never to the weight of a finished item. ______________________________________________________________________________ Silver is much more plentiful than gold; however, silver tends to tarnish, making it less popular in some forms of jewelry. Like gold, silver is too soft for use in its pure state and must be combined with other metals for durability. Jewelry made of silver parts and gold parts must carry dual designations such as "Sterling and 10K." ______________________________________________________________________________ Be sure to store your sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, individually in pouches, to protect them from environmental harm. But don't sweat it if your item becomes tarnished, chances are it will happen no matter how careful you are. Just use a polish solution or a polishing cloth to clean the piece. Sterling silver is the most reflective out of all precious metals, so keep it beautiful and it'll capture your heart for a lifetime.

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Facts about titanium.
Titanium is versatile, lightweight and strong, with a silvery-white metallic color. This metal is as strong as steel but is 45% lighter in weight, and is similar to platinum in its resistance to tarnishing. This metal has many uses ranging from armor plating, spacecraft and aircraft parts, to jewelry design. Titaniums strength, durability, and lustrous beauty make it an ideal choice for jewelry, especially for rings and bracelets that are subject to daily wear.

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Facts about stainless steel.
Stainless Steel is a metal with many uses. Most commonly, stainless steel is seen in kitchenware (cookware and cutlery), appliances, hardware, art-deco sculptures and architecture, and also watches and jewelry. Stainless steel is a silvery-white color with a mirror finish that retains its shine and color very well and resists tarnishing. The most popular uses for stainless steel in jewelry are watches, bracelets, rings, earring posts and body jewelry since it is easy to clean, keeps a mirror shine and is strong enough for daily wear.

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Facts about tungsten.
The name of this metal is Swedish and Danish tung sten meaning heavy metal. Tungsten is very heavy with a steel gray to tin-white color and a lustrous finish. This metal has the highest melting point, and the most tensile strength of all metals. Due to the hardness of this metal, the shine is not apt to fade as with other metals that must be polished. Tungsten also has natural hypoallergenic properties that make it perfect for use in jewelry making.

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Facts about Marcasites.
Marcasites are known as "Black Diamonds"; they are formed from Pyrites an iridescent black-grey stone. Marcasite has been used in jewelry for thousands of years dating back to Cleopatra in Egyptian times. Its sparkling quality was particularly desired by Victorians and during the fashionable Art Deco era of the 1920's. Its timeless appeal has remained ever-popular to this day.

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Can you resize rings?
Some of our rings do come with the option of resizing. Some do not. Make sure to look for that. If it states the size, then that is the only size we have. If it states you may select your size then make sure to do that on the notes field when checking out.

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Basic jewelry maintenance facts.
Jewelry 101: We would like to take this opportunity to discuss jewelry maintenance... ______________________________________________________________________________ A regular professional cleaning is a good idea. Not only does it keep your jewelry looking its best, it also ensures that a trained professional takes a look at it at least once a year, allowing for the earliest possible detection of wear or damage. Between professional cleanings, however, there are some things you can do to keep your jewelry clean. ______________________________________________________________________________ For diamonds, use a soft-bristled non-metallic brush and a mild ammonia and water solution. Gently scrub away any grime, especially around the prongs or setting where buildup is likely. Even a clean looking diamond often has a thin layer of skin oil and will shine better after a cleaning. Avoid touching the diamond as much as possible. ______________________________________________________________________________ Cleaning gemstones is easy. Simply soak the piece in a bowl of warm, soapy water for several minutes and then use a soft, non-metallic brush to remove any grime. If you use a jewelry cleanser, make sure it is non-abrasive. Dont use harsh chemical cleaners, and dont clean the item in the sink too often it ends up down the drainpipe. Also keep in mind that some gemstones may have been treated or enhanced by heating, oiling, irradiation or diffusion. Heated and irradiated stones generally dont require special care when cleaning, but diffused stones could become lighter if scrubbed too hard. Also, the oil on an emerald can be stripped away by cleaning, making the emerald change appearance. If this happens, simply bring it to your jeweler for re-oiling. ______________________________________________________________________________ Pearls are beautiful. Unfortunately, the layers of nacre of which a pearl is made are very soft by jewelry standards and easily damaged. Since it is an organic compound, pearls also are easily dulled or even eaten away by chemicals and alcohol. Wash cultured pearls in very mild, soapy water and nothing else. It's also a good idea to bring your cultured pearls in for restringing every couple of years, especially if you wear them often. ______________________________________________________________________________ Metals...For mountings, you can use rubbing alcohol to dissolve some of the stickier grime. However, dont use alcohol on any kind of pearl jewelry. Soap and water and a soft brush will take care of most of your cleaning needs. Make sure the brush is VERY soft when used on metal, especially gold, which can be scratched relatively easily. Use a soft cloth that wont leave fuzz or threads behind to dry and buff your jewelry once it's cleaned. ______________________________________________________________________________ Ultrasonic cleaners are machines that clean jewelry by bombarding them with sound waves. This vibration shakes off dirt, but the vibrations can also cause serious damage. The inclusions in gemstones, especially brittle stones like emeralds, can be greatly enlarged by the shaking, making the stones less attractive and even less valuable. Soft gems like pearls should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner. Because of the risk, we recommend against using the ultrasonic cleaners now available to consumers unless your jeweler specifically says it wont cause any damage. ______________________________________________________________________________ Wearing... Caring for your jewelry starts with proper wear. That means knowing when to put your jewelry on and when to take it off. Put jewelry on after applying makeup, perfume and hairspray. Also, handle gems and pearls as little as possible, since skin oil can build up over time and dull their appearance.~~~~ Remove your jewelry if you're going to do any manual labor, including housework. A bracelet can be easily broken or bent if it catches on a hook. Gems, even diamonds, can chip or crack if they're knocked against a hard surface. Another danger comes from the harsh solvents used in cleaning, which are not good for any kind of jewelry and particularly harmful to pearls.~~~~ If you wear earrings, it's usually best to remove them while you're having your hair styled. That way the stylist's comb won't catch them. And, never wear pearl earrings or necklaces while you're having your hair colored. Some of the coloring agents contain alcohol and other chemicals that can mar the luster of the pearls.~~~~ If you're right-handed, think about wearing a bracelet or watch on your left wrist since you don't use it as much as your right. The opposite applies if you're left-handed.

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What about payments and security?
Secure Shopping Guarantee... We only use Google checkout. They have a secure payment gateway and payment tracking of your orders. At our end; we will store only your shipping information and this information will never be shared with third parties.

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