Whether royal blue or hot pink, sapphires are one of the most popular stones among jewelry buyers. Read ahead to learn more about this dazzling gemstone.
What are sapphires made of?
Sapphires mostly consist of the mineral conundrum. What’s so special about sapphires is that by adding small doses of other elements, sapphires can be altered to form almost any colour of the rainbow. For example, blue sapphires get their colour by adding tiny amounts of titanium and iron into conundrum while pink sapphires are made by adding small amounts of chromium.
Why We Love Them
Sapphires are only rightly a favourite among jewellery buyers. They come in a variety of colours and shades, meaning everyone can find something that dazzles them. Another feature found in some sapphires is a colour shift that seems a different shade in changing light conditions. Bicolor sapphires, on the other hand, flaunt two distinct colours all the time. Sapphires are also one of the hardest stones out there (found just below diamonds on the Mohs Hardness Scale). This makes them durable and resistant to scratches and thus perfect for jewellery for everyday use.
How to Choose Your Sapphire
So now that you’ve decided that you want a sapphire stone on your ring, what exactly should you look for while buying the stone?
Perhaps the most important feature is to check out several colours and find on that speaks to your taste and preference.
Unlike diamonds that are scrutinized under magnification for inclusions, it is taken for granted that most sapphires do have trace minerals in them. So the goal is to make sure that there are no visual inclusions visible to the naked eye.
Unlike diamonds, sapphires have no standardize cut to maximize their sparkle. Instead, sapphire is cut custom. Lighter colours are cut thick to deepen their colour’s intensity, and darker stones are cut thinner to brighten the stone.
Carat refers to the weight of the stone and not the size. Sapphires are denser than diamonds, and so a one-carat sapphire is usually smaller than a one-carat diamond.
At Master Jewelers Indiana, we have over 20-plus years working with gemstones. Sapphires are a popular favorite for many good reasons. Come in or check out our Sapphire jewelry online. Remember, we are here to design it for your style.
Here’s part two of summer trends 2020. Do check, 2020 Summer Jewelry Fashion part one of it if you haven’t already.
- Chain Links
Along with layering jewelry, there’s another jewelry trend of the opposite kind: One piece of large chunky jewelry. Such are the chain links seen on 2020 runways, ranging from bracelets to chokers, adding an undoubtedly bold touch to outfits. Among these, the most popular were chain links of gold and diamond, followed closely by white gold and platinum.
Layered jewelry has been a big trend for 2020, with layered lariat necklaces, chokers, pendant necklaces, bracelets, and rings dominating major season runways in the fashion industry.
Iowa-based fine jeweller Scott Miller, at Anglo Diamond, has offered tips on how to layer fine jewelry, saying, “Consider the proportions of your jewelry as you layer it. Delicate or understated jewelry tends to layer well in different lengths, while big or bold pieces often stand best on their own.”
- Custom Engagement Rings
Sales for custom engagement rings have been on the rise these past years as more couples are becoming more interested in the idea of custom rings when they are unable to find something pre-made that feels perfect for them. Jay Hariz from Bridal Rings Co. has noted that now it is not exclusively older people who come to get custom rings made as now increasing numbers of younger couples are attracted by the affordability and convenience of getting a unique ring to signify their love.
Last but not least, pearls are making a major comeback this year after previously being seen as old-fashioned. Modern jewelry designers have put in a new spin on the stone, making several fresh and dazzling pieces of pearl jewelry. This is especially seen in unique pearl earrings.
2020 brought with it not only some design trends that dominated the fashion industry but also trends driven by a change in consumer demand. Read ahead to see the top 6 consumer jewelry trends that came with this year.
- Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Jewelry
Consumers worldwide have increasingly started to purchase from jewelers selling ethical and sustainable jewelry. Consumers want to feel confident that the products they use don’t harm the Earth and that workers have treated fairly along every step of the manufacturing and supply process. Jewelers have thus started to change their practices and boast their existing eco-friendly practices. Recycled precious minerals, ethically sourced stones that are not from conflict areas and transparency in the manufacturing and sourcing process are some of the ways jewellers are doing this.
- Secondhand Jewelry
Continuing with sustainability, there has been an increase in the market of pre-owned jewellery. More young customers are attracted to buying worn jewelry not just because of sustainability but also because of the increased affordability of the market.
Increasing numbers of customers are now interested in buying unique gemstones. Along with increasing sales of the usual sapphires, rubies and emeralds, demand for stones such as amethyst, aquamarine, citrine and moonstones is also experiencing an increase. More and more young couples look at these affordable semi-precious stones to allow a larger and more unique centre stone for their rings.
- Stackable Rings
After the bracelet stack trend of 2019, stackable rings are a major jewellery trend for 2020. It gives the wearer the ability to create a customized, personal look. Following the gemstone trend, gemstone stackable rings are in demand along with minimalistic slim metal bands.
- Lab-Grown Diamonds
Synthetic diamonds are an emerging trend in the jewelry market. The increased demand is partly because they are much more affordable and cost up to 30% lesser on average. Another factor is that they are seen as more ethical, as they completely remove the risk of the diamond being sourced from a conflicted area or the mining process being harmful to the environment. The demand for lab-grown stones has increased so much that many major traditional jewellers have begun trading them alongside traditional stones.
Stay tuned to 2020 Summer Trends Part 2, Master Jewelers has more summer Jewelry fun in store.
This pandemic sure has brought upon us some strange times. How many times a day do you wash your hands singing ‘Happy Birthday’ every day? And how many times do you end up using alcohol sanitizer in a day? Probably a lot. While doing so, you might be wearing your rings. Maybe because you’re used to wearing them all the time or cheer you up and provide some consistency in your day.
Alcohol and soap, however, aren’t good for your rings. They can damage the stones and make them look unpleasant. This is why taking care of them is of increased importance. Something I do every day is to make sure I leave my rings in some warm water and Windex to clean off any grime or chemicals that may have stuck to it.
Knowing this probably was far from the best method, I ended up in a jewelry store whose owner I used to hand around with not so long ago (before this pandemic took over our lifestyle). According to her: “The safest way to clean your rings at home is with warm water and a mild dish soap—I use Ivory,” she says. “Soak your ring for a while and then use a soft toothbrush to brush any debris in the edges and behind stones.” She also adds that organic stones such as pearls and corals are way more likely to get permanently damaged by cleaners: “The alcohol in the sanitizer can dry out the gems and lead to surface damage or cracking. Hand sanitizer is also not safe on porous stones like opals or turquoise.” She adds that lovers of Georgian and early Victorian pieces should also take special care: “Water can get into rings with closed-back mountings and affect the stones’ appearance. Also, locket rings or any ring that has a photo of some other decoration under glass should not be washed with water.”
Another simple advice was to ensure you removed your jewelry when washing your hands and to make sure your drain was closed so that you don’t accidentally lose your rings! Contact Master Jewelers Indiana today.
Jewelry is a great accessory to complete your look when going out. It highlights your physical features and grabs the attention of anyone who happens to look by your way. A piece of jewelry you should look into is Huggie earrings. And yes, they are just as impressive as they sound, the added twinkle they bring makes sure your ear gets its share of the attention.
What’s So Special about Huggie Earrings
You might think we may have become too excited while introducing these earrings. Well, you are not going to be disappointed. These earrings can spark up your ear and help you bring much more beauty to your outfit. It really can help you add a spark to your fashion statement
Huggie earrings get their name from their design. They are like a slim fitted version of your regular hoop earrings. They hug your ear piercings. They also have a lever back meaning the curved back of the earring simply click into place when being worn
This makes using them very convenient as they can be slipped on and off with ease. So you can take them off and put them back on without worrying about comfort. Huggie earrings were famous throughout history, worn by ancient Egyptians and pirates alike.
Moreover, these earrings come in a lot of diverse designs, which gives all of them a unique and personal look and makes sure there is something that you will love.
Frequently asked questions about huggie earrings
What is the difference between huggie earrings and hoop earrings?
Huggie earrings do certainly look a lot like your regular hoop earrings due to their circular shape. The most notable difference though, is size. Compared to regular hops, Huggies are smaller and stay right at the edge of your earlobe instead of dangling on your ear. They are also somewhat thicker.
Are huggies unisex?
Yes, they are unisex. You can use this beautiful piece of jewelry as long as you have a piercing. It comes in different sizes and designs to suit your fashion needs. Our wide variety ensures you can find something to add to your style.
Custom design huggie earrings with Master Jewelers Indiana. We have over 20 years of designing jewelry, and will keep you up to date every step of the way.Work with a jeweler you can trust.
The value of your item fluctuates when the item is either gold or silver. The reason this fluctuation occurs is because 75% of the silver that gets mined comes from copper or lead mineralization, and the remaining 25% comes from silver ores.
Considering this fluctuation, a jewelry store will always make you an offer based on:
- Percentage of silver
- Currency fluctuations
- Market speculation
- Supply and demand
Besides the aforementioned four factors, fineness also contributes a lot. While gold is measured in Karats, silver is measured by its fineness or purity.
Since silver is prepared in two ways, the ore extraction method and the mineralization of copper and lead, certain assigned numbers such as 800, 925, 958, or 999 decide the fineness or purity of the silver. 999 means your piece is 99.9% silver. Anything less than 99.9% means it is an alloy.
The greater the fineness number of silver, the higher the purity level. Purity levels are measured by the amalgamation of other elements. Greater number means fewer elements.
Moreover, silver is not only used in ornaments, but it is also an excellent electricity conductor, battery element, and the best reflector of visible light.
Knowing the Amount of Silver Your Jewelry Have?
Measuring the weight of your silver is not difficult. If you have a bullion, the weight should be stated on the certificate or the piece. If you have silver jewelry, a scale that weighs the 10th of a gram will suffice.
Many times, the jewelry is adorned with extra jewels and stones. In that case, you’ll first have to weigh the gems, subtract that figure and then calculate the final weight of silver.
Now multiply the weight with the fineness number. For example, if the jewelry weighs 10.5 grams and the fineness number is 925 or 92.5% then calculate 10.5×0.925. The true amount of silver in your jewelry is the result of 10.5×0.925, which is 9.7125 grams.
It is best to sell your jewlery to an jeweler that you can trust so you can ensure you are receiving the best price. Contact Master Jewelers Indiana, our expert staff is ready to help.
Before you start selling your gold jewelry, here are some of the greatest tips you need to follow.
Don’t rush, take your time!
Before you begin selling your ornaments, make sure you spend enough time examining every piece of your jewelry. Jewelry often holds sentimental value, so make sure the emotional worth it carries is greater lesser than the cost price of the product or else go for the worn-out and lost pair pieces.
Your buyer must know the worth of your jewelry
Ensure the company you are selling your jewelry to is a legitimate market with a proper license to buy your gold jewelry. Check their customers’ feedbacks section and see how satisfied they with their buying are and selling of the company’s products.
Know what you have
Most gold jewelry is not pure gold. It comes in a certain amount of gold mixed with other alloys that ranges from 10, 14 or 18 karats and so on. You will only be paid for the gold that your jewelry contains.
Consider the right evaluation
The intricate and antique jewelry that is costly and seemingly in demand needs to be evaluated by the right person before selling in the market. The evaluation must be done on the significance of the piece and its current demand in the market. There’s a high chance that it would be beneficial to sell it as a finished product.
Know the worth of your jewelry
Keep yourself updated with the market price of the jewelry. The prices may vary but will give you a rough idea of the worth of your piece.
It is recommended to keep a photograph and an official copy of your gold’s document as it will help you get a reimbursement in case a mishap takes place.
Try your luck everywhere
Get good rates bids from multiple buyers before you choose one buyer. Your offers may differ from buyer to buyer depending where you sell it.
Selling your jewelry will not necessarily make you rich. You will only be paid for the amount you sold your jewelry for after deducting the amendment charges.
Master Jewelers has over 20 years’ experience within the jewelery industry. Contact us today to sell your gold.
This Spring’s Jewelry Fashion has been revealed and will start hitting the stores soon if they haven’t already. There are many fashion tips to enhance your look this spring. In case, you aren’t privy to the fashion blogs, this spring jewelry collection will be fun, colorful and bold.
Jewelry fashion is just as important as fashion is. Jewelry is used to accentuate outfits and bring them to live with complementing designs or vibrant pieces. If you haven’t caught a glimpse of this season’s collection, don’t worry we have some tips for you.
Colorful Jewelry is IN!
Forget about the basic gold or platinum pieces. While many of these pieces are timelessly classy, this spring is about color. The more color the better! Have some fun with our Amethyst or Topaz jewelry. Not only are they vibrantly beautiful, but they also fit right into the trend this Spring.
The SOLO Earring
This Spring season is all about being different and trying something unoriginal. The Solo Earring was featured in a lot of top designer fashion runways, like Marc Jacobs. Wearing a singular earring is a statement regarding the bold and trend decision to consciously only wear one earring that is enough for two. A simple diamond stud just won’t do here.
The Bigger The Chain, The Better
Chains are going anywhere, anytime soon, in fact, they just got bigger. Drastically big chains are in. Wearing a simpler outfit in order to let the chain shine, is what you will see this Spring. These exaggerated chains also have a sort of design or focal point to present a softer tone and feel.
Pearls and Spring are Besties
Pearls are always fitting for Spring. They tend to be a common Spring favorite, but how they are worn changes with the new season. From classic designs to bold abstract, Pearls provide a softness to the designs of this season. You will never go wrong wearing pearls in the Spring.
Big Hoops are Back
Did hoop earrings really ever leave?! It is a question that many of us are asking, but just like the pearl, hoops are favorite that continues to evolve with the time. These are big hoops like you haven’t seen them before. Gemstone encrusted, Chunky, plain or thin hoop earrings continue to be a monumental trend this Spring.
Master Jewelers has been attending JKC Convention for years to keep our styles and techniques up to date. With over 20 years in the jewelry industry, we are artisans are here to help you find what you need this spring. As the seasons change so do the styles, but one thing stays consistent for us and that is jewelry. Chat with us online
Fashion Jewelry is loved by many and around the fashion industry, as long as there have been fashion there has been jewelry to enhance the style. In day to day life, you will find many people are always wearing jewelry, whether it is fine or fashion. Women and men show their newly purchased bling with pride. The main agenda of wearing jewelry is to accentuate the style of Fashion that is part of your look.
In ancient times jewelry was made with the feathers, wood, beads, scales, etc. but in the modern era, jewelry evolved into various birthstones used in jewelry. These birthstones may be precious or semi-precious. Many royals and the richer class had a keen interest in wearing gemstone jewelry. Because they believe that these stones influence their lives. When you combine these birthstones with metal like gold, platinum, brass, and copper it gives a unique and new look to the finished fashion product. Fast forward to today, the most preferable fashion jewelry products are earrings, nose rings, rings, anklets, bracelets etc. for these products there are plenty of designs to choose from and are no longer just for the royals and rich.
Just like in the world of fashion, fashion jewelry is defined by the artisan craft and creativity it is made with. High-quality raw materials are used to execute the style of fashion jewelry. Their colors and designs are always unique to each design and designer. Jewelry is something that reflects your personality.
Many get costume jewelry confused with fashion jewelry, but they are not one of the same. Costume jewelry is mass-produced and typically cheaper crafted. This type of jewelry is made from glass, plastic, synthetic stones or other metal that are not of high quality. Most times it has the look of high quality but that is not reflected in the cost or sturdiness.
Storing these jewelry products should be done with just as much care as fine jewelry. Some fashion jewelry is crafted with precious stones and gemstones. Diamond Jewelry is a product that can be worn each day or only on important occasions. It is recommended that you use less valuable material. The use of fake jewelry pieces minimizes your risk.
Check out our fashion jewelry online at Master Jewelers Indiana. We have a wide variety of artisans collections to choose from.
3D printing has found its way through a wide variety of industries, from weapons, organs and now to jewelry.
3D printing is a very interesting form of manufacturing technology. This process allows for the creation of almost anything! It provides more options on how to produce once rarities, and it has made its way to the jewelry industry. Here is a little knowledge about what 3D printing is really designed to do and how it operates.
3D printing has been around since the late 1970s. It is a level of manufacturing that is achieved through layer-by-layer assembly of products. This process involves laying down layers of material. These layers will be laid down at increments as small as .13 mm. There are different ways to create forms of laying down the material. Some processes involve using ultraviolet light to cure resin. Some forms of 3d printing involve melting material and stacking it OR involve using binding materials. There is more than one way to assemble.
With the use of a computer, a design has to be developed by the artisan or engineer on a computer from a software. There is such a variety when it comes to choosing software, but regardless – it will be designed on the computer. 3D printing revolves around a CAM system or a computer-aided manufacturing system. A CAM system is basically a computer within the printer that tells the jets, lights, or binder where to go. It instructs the printer to manufacture a piece in accordance with the initial design.
Since you can use this way of manufacturing to create just about anything, like 3D Printed Jewelry. One thing that falls under “anything” is jewelry. Traditionally, molds and hand carving have been the main medians with jewelry design. 3D printing is a new one for sure, and it will definitely change the way it works in the near future. The basic process for jewelry manufacturing is casting. A printer will actually manufacture the cast in a resin, or plastic. This product will then be sent to the caster. He or she will then put the casting piece into a cast, and the material will fill up the plastic piece, and it will result in the final piece.
3D printing jewelry allows for the creation of very intricate pieces. Well, machining, hand carving, and casting can’t create some of the models used in 3D printing. Meaning this manufacturing technology will be able to create some desisng which can’t be produced through various types of manufacturing. Through 3D printing,will allow for more intricate pieces of jewelry. 3D printing will only enhance the Jewelry Manufacturing and custom design process.