Jewellery is no longer the domain of women only
The entire trend gives enough reason to the jewelry. Men have largely come to accept and recognize jewelry a symbol of class and style. And it will taste, not just remaining as the exclusive domain of the rich and famous. Fashion industry is ready to invest substantive resources in the men's jewellery lines. By the look of it, in a few years time, it is quite possible that men's jewellery will be available to suit all types of budgets.
In addition, where earlier gold was almost the only choice, nowadays platinum, diamonds and even stones rule the rooster. The likes of exclusive platinum or combination of metals, diamond encrusted rings and earrings dominate the scene, though smaller trinkets also appear in the picture. The exclusive men's' jewelry showrooms have mushroomed in the last few years, catering to the growing need of the contemporary generation. Urban men, who like to appear trendy, are also taking to the ornaments to add a hip look to their appearances.
How Durable is My Gemstone Jewellery?
First of all a note about the hardness and therefore relative durability of gemstones. To measure hardness, the jewellery industry uses the Mohs scale. This gem-trade standard, conceived by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, measures the ability of a gem or mineral to resist abrasion damage.
Diamond at 10 is the hardest whereas talc at 1 is the softest. Popular gemstones like amethyst and citrine register 7 whereas rubies and sapphires register 9. Most of us come off the beach on the first day with the 3 sís all achieved - rings caked in sand, sea-salt and suntan lotion. Nude sunbathing, as far as silver and gold jewellery is concerned, is a must! Remember also that sand will scratch the surface of precious metals.
Care for Antique Gemstones
Gemstones are a valuable part of any piece of antique jewellery. Common sense is the best preventative measure when caring for any antique gemstone. Although the metal components of ornaments often receive the most attention, gemstone care is equally as important.
Hairdryers should never be used to dry freshly-cleaned gemstones, and no pieces should ever come in contact with chlorine. It is crucial to protect antique jewellery as a whole, in order to maintain as much value as possible over time.