There really are few things more exciting than turning an old piece of jewellery into a shiny new hip piece of art that you love. To some, converting old pieces of jewels into new ones may sound expensive or even tedious but with a little know-how, creating new jewellery is easy and affordable.
It is particularly easy to do if you are working with loose diamonds. Loose diamonds can come from old round engagement rings or can even be loose diamonds for sale. You can use these new diamonds to accent the piece you intend to create from an old ring, necklace or even earrings.
When it comes to old jewellery we are lucky to live in such a modern world where converting old to new or bland to funky is easily done. It does not cost a lot or take heaps of time or effort to gather your old pieces and head off to a custom jeweller. The creation of modern jewellery is an art. This means there truly are no limits to what you can design as a finished product.
If you have an old ring with diamond accents on the band, have your jeweller disassemble the ring. The main centre diamond stone can be used to create a new ring such as a solitaire while the surrounding diamonds on the band can be used to make drop earring or even a small diamond studded bracelet.
Using old jewellery to make new modern pieces is a hot trend. It is for this reason you will not have any problem finding a creative jeweller to take on your project. If you have an old piece that you love but it has simply lost its lustre, no problem. Have a local jewellery shop reset the stones in a new ring or bracelet. If you want, keep the stones in their original metal while having the piece resurfaced. Adding a new layer of metal will eliminate scratches, tarnish and any other imperfections you dislike. While you’re at it, you can even change the outside metal of the piece by having it coated with something more durable such as titanium or platinum.
If you wish to reuse the existing metal, that too can be done. When metal is reused, the jeweller will remove the stones from the piece before melting down the metal. Once it has been melted, the metal is reshaped by hand. This will give you a new piece of jewellery while using the original metal. If you want to add strength, this is the time to do it. You can have your professional designer add new metal of your choice to the existing metal for additional endurance prior to recasting.
While recasting, enhance your old piece with a new touch by adorning the existing stone with additional gemstones. Customize your piece by having your designer add your favourite coloured gems to ensure a lovely and everlasting piece of modern jewelry.
The 4th season of AMC’s heat series, “Mad Men”, has finally started and it’s fabulous as the previous seasons. And not just because of the strong characters or precise screenplay. It’s no secret that the wardrobe and acc
essories has a big part in this show, and it’s all thanks to the talented Janie Bryant, the costume designer.
For adding some vintage charm to your daily outfit, Bryant recommends on pearls, and the more the merrier. “I love the pearls from the period”, she says in an interview for Elle Magazine, “but to make it contemporary, pile them on. I love mixing the period jewelry with a contemporary look, like a modern dress with a fantastic period cocktail ring or several charm bracelets”.
Now that the Draper family and they’re friends are going into the post JFK assassination and the mid 60’s, the fashion part is even more fun. A side from the timeless pearls there’s a lot of Jackie O, Chanel and Grace Kelly’s inspirations such as big dramatic brooches, huge cocktail rings, long gold chains and lots of multi stranded bead necklaces.
By the way, Janie Bryant released a new clothing and jewelry line for QVC called “Mod by Janie Bryant”, and it’s all inspired by Mad Men’s atmosphere.
pics via AMCTV
Paris Haute Couture shows came to its end and a side from the gorgeous clothes we’ve managed to spot some jewelry that worth drooling over.
Lagerfeld failed to disappoint with some crazy creative cuffs:
Jean Paul Gaultier managed to impress with his fantastic creations:
And Armani continued with his solid calm line and presented combination of wood and metal:
So, what are your favorites?
(pic via style.com)
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It’s safe to say that the entire fashion world held their breath during the waiting for the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Annual Gala. This special evening represents to many of us what true fashion is all about. The 2010 Gala was a celebration of beauty, talent, fashion and jewelry.
Much have already been said about the dresses of the Gala and although it’s difficult to ignore it- this time we will try to look at the event from the jewelry aspect of it.
It seems that this time, the dresses took all the focus at the Gala and that’s why most celebrities attending decided not wear too many pieces of jewelry (Just like at the Oscars a few months ago). When you wear a dress that lights up in the dark, like Katy Perry wore for example, wearing jewelry might look excessive, however Perry did wear an amazing pink bolt lightning bolts necklace and proved to us that only she can pull off such a look.
Most of the jewelry choices however weren’t as bold as Perry’s choice and we were able to see lots of precious stones on the red carpet and amazing couture pieces that matched the dresses perfectly.
Among the pieces that were noticed during the evening we can mention Marishka Hargitay and her amazing Egyptian beetle necklace that looked both colorful and ethnic, Model Hilary Rhoda that looked astounding with a gorgeous Cartier Onyx and diamond necklace and Emmy Rossum that wore an ethnic inspired necklace by House of Lavande. It seems that the other starlets chose to go for a more classical look with diamond pedants and diamond bracelets and we bless them for their fine choice.
We feel lucky that we don’t have to pick our top favorite dresses because we probably won’t know what to choose from.
To see all the looks from the event, please click here.
Unlike other award ceremonies that are usually more toned down, this evening was all about splurge and the celebration of fashion and that’s probably why we were able to witness such incredible dresses and such amazing pieces of jewelry. We can only hope that all the celebrities will take on this approach in other events as well and will always look glamorous and accessorized and giving us more eye candies such as this.
Unless you use the banned Nickel or the expensive Palladium alloys. “White gold” is actually yellowish Alloy that was dipped in the chrome-look Rhodium bath to
cover it (see photos). This is a thin cover
Called “Flash cover” and it is only about 0.002 mm.
These jewels need maintenance once or twice a year depending on the wearing conditions.
It is a common procedure and takes 15 minutes and can be applied on any other metals that require the removal of starches and dirt!
18k “White” Gold, rough metal, not covered.
18k Gold ring after finish and Rhodium dipping.
Pure gold is too soft to hold valuables like Diamonds with claws (prongs) therefore the Gold Alloys were invented. 58.5% pure gold in any alloy will be called 14k Gold, 75% of pure Gold is 18k Gold, 24k is pure gold, 0.
Since Gold is a yellow metal “18k White gold” is an alloy of Gold (75%) and Nickel (8%) or Gold (75%) and Palladium (15%).
10 to 15% of women are allergic to Nickel released to their skin while wearing a jewel. This will result in different skin rash levels.
Metal prices as of 13th April 2010
Pure Platinum US$ 55 per Gram.
Pure Gold US$ 37 per Gram.
Pure Palladium US$ 16.4 per Gram.
Nickel US$ 0.025 per Gram !!!
It is clearly seen that using Palladium to make the alloy white will significantly increase the price and put it close to Platinum price.
The use of Nickel is banned by countries like Switzerland and controlled by regulations in the EU community; there is yet any Nickel use regulation in the USA.
European regulations limit the amount of nickel that could be released from any item which is intended to come into prolonged and direct contact with the skin.The regulations entitled “The Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Nickel) (Safety) Regulations 2005” clearly require that any finding component that pierces the skin may not release more than .2 micrograms of nickel per cubic centimeter per week, and that no other jewelry component release no more than .5 micrograms of nickel per cubic centimeter per week.
Nickel exposure is tested under BS EN12472 and BS EN 1811:1999. The first of these separate tests replicates two years of wear under normal use, and the second tests for subsequent exposure to nickel.
We at Diamonds-USA.com use only “Nickel free” metal alloys as required by the EU regulations.