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Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may be glad to hear that those cumbersome bandage-like splints can be a thing of the past! There is now a very fashionable alternative, precious metal finger splints made from silver or gold. These offer support while blending in with your outfits as a chic, everyday “accessory”.
More than just a pleasing visual appearance, they also have other advantages over their bandage counterparts. For one, they are much more streamlined and compact, allowing ease of hand function in day-to-day activities. For example, the user can wear gloves over them while doing housework or when out in the cold, and are able to slide into sleeved shirts without difficulty. Because there is an efficient use of space, they are also more comfortable to wear.
Being made of metal instead of cloth and rubber means that there is less maintenance for the splint, the traditional ones need to be wiped down and hand-washed often. Hygienic maintenance for metal splints is not necessary, but like any piece of jewelry, you may want to give it a polish every now and then to keep it looking its best. You can also get them wet without any worries! No need to take them off every time you wash your hands. The rigidness ensures it will keep your wrist and hand movements in the way it is intended.
As an added bonus, similar types of extended finger rings are already a very popular fashion accessory for people without arthritis! This “rock-chic” look has been seen on many celebrities and models.
You can choose to customize them to your personal tastes as well, changing up the finish of the metal, adding different designs, embed with gemstones or diamonds.. The possibilities are endless!
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“Faces of Eternity” is the new exhibition being displayed at the Gemological Institute of America’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The exhibition features a collection of 15 carved skulls by a Peruvian artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio. The skulls are made from various large gemstone crystals, ornamental rocks and silver and gold vermeil. It’s inspired by the contrast of human mortality and the timelessness of gemstones.
“From fossilized whale bone to rainforest jasper, and from pink opal to peanut wood agate, Aparicio chose materials from a gem lover’s dream. Each skull has a distinctive look and feel to it, making this collection fascinating on both a gemological and artistic level,” said Terri Ottaway, GIA museum curator.
One of the skulls called “Everlasting Youth” was carved from Mozambican aquamarine with rock crystal quartz and gold vermeil. “Top Hat Gentle-skull” is made in rock crystal quartz from Madagascar with snowflake obsidian and gold vermeil. Another called “Chocolate with Peanut Butter” skull is made with petrified palm wood agate from Australia with obsidian and gold vermeil.
“The skulls collection was one of my favorite to create. By carving natural gemstones with a combination of lapidary art and metal smith techniques, you can really see how the colors and textures in each stone brings each piece to life,” Aparicio said.
His whole collection is comprised of 26 pieces all made within one year. The other 11 pieces not found in the exhibition are in private collections in the USA, the U.K, France and Russia. He works with his sister Sylvia at their family owned company called Neoart Peru established in 1975. The company specializes in ruby carvings with a focus on wildlife inspired themes using very rare and unusual gemstones.
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Here we will only consider diamonds. If you are considering other stones, speak to a gemmologist to find out your options and get their recommendations. Remember: knowledge is power, know as much as you can about what you are spending your money on.
Diamonds are rocks that form naturally in the earth, so there is no ‘one size fits all’. It is like choosing between apples – size, sweetness, crispness, juiciness are categories you want to balance when picking an apple. It is similar for diamonds but with different criteria.
- Carat: In gold this word refers to the purity, with diamonds it is the weight/size. Bear in mind that diamonds are priced per carat digitally. In other words 0.5-0.99 is one price bracket, and 1.00-1.49 is another. Therefore it is possible to buy a 0.98 for the price of a 0.5 and it will look like a 1 carat. The other factors are also critical, however, so bear in mind that a 1 carat diamond can vary in price dramatically depending on the other variables.
- Clarity: Being an organic material, most diamonds have impurities known as inclusions. Inclusions are usually white or black and some can be seen with the naked eye. A stone without inclusions is called ‘flawless’ and carries a high price tag. Clarity is graded using letter-number combinations. For most rings the range to look for is either VS1 and VS2 which are very clear, then S1 and S2 have inclusions that can easily be seen with 10x magnification, but not so easily with the naked eye. Diamonds also possess blemishes such as tiny cracks which can make the diamond cloudy (see warnings below).
- Colour: diamonds vary in colour from colourless to brown and even black. Unless you are after a diamond that is noticeably coloured, you want to aim for as white as possible. Colour is graded using letters. D is colourless, through to zyx (noticeably tinted). Aim for D-G range for a quality diamond.
- Cut: this determines the overall shape of the stone (round, square, rectangle, oval, pear shaped etc) and sparkly (fire). The more facets the more the light is bounced around in the stone and is reflected back to you as sparkle. Round brilliant cut is the most popular and gives a lot of sparkle. Also more facets can hide impurities, for example, if you are in the market for a flawless diamond, this will be well seen in an emerald (rectangle) cut.
Speak to a jeweler who knows their stones. If your priority is high purity, then maybe you can go down on the carat size or colour etc.
Not enough emphasis can be made on the importance of buying from a reputable retailer. It is really important that you trust who you are buying from as not all jewelry is what it seems.
- Castings of the ring mounts when machine made can be porous (tiny bubbles in the metal); the claws that set the stones can be loose, and these rings will not last.
- There are imitation diamonds on the market, so be sure to get a certification so that you know you are not buying a cubic zirconia or moissanite when you want a diamond.
- Especially when buying jewelry unseen, such as on the internet, be aware that even if the dealer is obliged to state colour, clarity and carat value, it is not obliged to state cloudiness or treatments that have been made to artificially enhance the stone. These include laser drilling where tiny pin holes are made into the inclusion to bleach it white or dissolve it. These can look like natural flaws and don’t necessarily impair the appearance or structure of the stone. Fillers, however are not considered permanent and the substance used (usually glass) has different properties to diamonds and can appear as colour flashes unusual to diamond. Also, heat and sunlight can effect this substance over time darkening or eroding it. Even though diamond is the hardest substance, cracks (especially unfilled) are weaknesses and make the stone vulnerable to cracking. There is nothing wrong with buying a treated stone (it can make a lesser quality stone appear better), but make sure that this is disclosed when you purchase so that you know you are paying the right price.
You are now armed and ready to browse those jewelry stores and know what you are looking at! This is all very technical information, as you browse you will find that some diamonds “speak” to you more than others. Don’t be held down by the numbers – find a stone you love and a setting that compliments the stone and your personality. And shop around for the jeweler you trust.
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Cufflinks have become less common in recent years as people have opted for the convenience over style. Wearing cufflinks shows an attention to detail and a certain panache. There are many styles to choose from depending on your look and personality. They make excellent gifts too.
Cufflinks can be worn as kissing cuffs (creating a teardrop shape to the cuff) or barrel cuffs (folded over like a regular button cuff . There are many styles from silk knots, to chain link, bars and torpedos. They can be made from metal, gemstones, glass and acrylic. Try matching a coloured link with your tie, or choose a link that compliments your belt buckle.
Designer Scott Kay has the world’s largest selection of cuffwear. Always on the forefront of today’s trends, Kay is an artist with principles always looking for honest designs that are interesting and are a pleasure to wear and to own. Known as a pioneer in wedding jewellery, he has extensive fashion collections, each piece beautifully hand-crafted in the USA with unrivalled attention to detail.
For men, by men, this jewellery is rugged, edgy, stylish. No matter what your occupation, these pieces speak to the heart of the man inside.
Kay’s cufflinks are sterling silver, cast and engraved by hand on every side.
“Scott Kay Engraved Sparta Octagon Filigree”
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