Selecting silver jewellery
Selecting silver jewellery is consistent and time effective. It is only a means of re-production. Casting of silver predominately consists of molding the metal into various shapes and sizes. The pendants, necklaces, bangles, bracelets, puja thali, anklets and earrings that are currently designed in silver are remarkably similar to those that have been made centuries ago.
The designs exhibit rarest patterns made in the industry. This antique jewellery is made from all types of silver including pure silver, German silver and sterling silver. Casting or founding is shaping of metal by melting and pouring into a mold. Exotic and timeless, antique silver jewellery are now high fashion and are suddenly very chic collectible to wear.
Gemstones are identified by gemologists
Gemstones are identified by gemologists. The first characteristic a gemologist uses to identify a gemstone is its chemical composition. Gems are characterized in terms of refractive index, dispersion, specific gravity, hardness, cleavage, fracture, and luster. They may exhibit pleochroism or double refraction. Who describe gems and their characteristics using technical terminology specific to the field of gemology.
Next, many gems are crystals which are classified by their crystal system such as cubic or trigonal or monoclinic. They may have luminescence and a distinctive absorption spectrum. For example, diamonds are made of carbon (C) and rubies of aluminium oxide (Al2O3). Another term used is habit, the form the gem is usually found in. For example diamonds, which have a cubic crystal system, are often found as octahedrons.
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.