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13 Detailed Diamond Cut Charts (Shape, Carat and Size)

All diamonds are essentially rocks. They were formed over time (and we’re talking millions of years here). And n their raw form…well, they look like rocks. It takes a jeweler to take that raw diamond and turn it into a beautiful stone that sparkles and glitters and gleams. Today, the cut is considered to be …

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39 of the Best Online Jewelry Stores for Your Bling Purchase

The jewelry industry is a glittering market that attracts people from all walks of life, of all income levels. If it sparkles, if it shines, if it adds color, it’s captivating. Whether you’re shopping for an important piece of jewelry like an engagement ring or a fun little trinket for your wrist, online jewelry stores …

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19 Different Types of Nose Rings (Yes, there are this many)

Nose rings are part of an age-old tradition and have been worn by people all over the world in different cultures for religious, cultural, and aesthetic reasons. South Africa’s Berber and Beja tribe wore nose jewels to indicate their wealth. The larger the nose jewel, the wealthier the family. In ancient India, nose rings were …

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Ring Size Chart for Women and Men (Printable PDF Version)

Rings have been worn as personal decoration since the days of ancient Egypt. They have been used as a sign of power, love, school affiliation, political association and personal style, to name just a few of its meanings. But all rings have one thing in common: if you’re going to wear them, they have to …

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How to Wear Statement Earrings

To be honest, “statement” earrings sounds a bit like some kind of marketing term. Seriously, statement earrings? The first time you heard it, you probably scoffed. But now, the phrase is incredibly common. It’s pretty much everywhere these days. Basically, statement earrings are simply noticeable earrings that stand out. And if you’re wearing them properly, …

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17 Unique Wedding Ring Alternatives (as in no ring at all)

Okay, there are two approaches to the question “what are viable wedding ring alternatives?” The first approach is to seek out non-ring options. That’s the avenue we take as you’ll see below. We came up with many great ways to symbolize your commitment without sealing the deal with exchanging wedding bands. The other approach is …

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11 Different Types of Clasps (Plus How To Find the Right Type)

The clasp is often overlooked but it’s a very important part of the jewelry. The style of the clasp has also been used to identify just how old a piece of jewelry is. Some of the earliest styles were used throughout the Victorian era. When undertaking some craft projects, identifying the right types of clasps …

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14 Different Types of Lip Piercings (Plus Interesting Facts)

Lip piercing is widely practiced all over the world by different ethnic tribes. Malawi’s Makololo female tribe members wear lip plates called Palele in their upper lips for beauty. The female members of the Saras-Djinjas tribe, on the other hand, insert lip plates up to 24 cm in diameter in both lips as a betrothal …

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31 Different Types of Bracelets

The word “bracelet” comes from the Greek word “brachile” which means “of the arm.” The Greek soldiers wore these armbands which are made of leather and embellished with gold, silver, and gemstones. The original term into the Old French word “bracel” and when women started wearing smaller versions of these, they called them “bracelets.”  While …

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15 Different Types of Earring Backs (Plus Interesting Facts)

Toronto’s Ira Carlin a.k.a. The Earring Doctor invented the earring back plastic disc in 1984. Known as “Le Disc,” this plastic backing caused an online debate in 2015 on whether it should be worn off the earrings. Carlin himself settled the Great Earring Debate when he clarified that people should “leave it on.” The plastic …

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21 Different Types of Necklaces (Plus Interesting Facts)

The earliest types of necklaces were made from organic materials such as shells, teeth, and bone beads. Ethnic necklaces made of precious organic materials like coral were meant to display the woman’s or her family’s wealth and are usually worn during courting rituals or at weddings. Necklaces became part of both men and women’s dress …

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26 Types of Rubies by Cut, Source and Shape

Only diamonds are harder than rubies. Rubies are rare. When not red, it’s a sapphire. Rubies are striking gemstones. Like diamonds, they are cut in a variety of shapes and facets. They can also not be cut and instead polished smooth, which is a cabochon ruby. Also like diamonds, you can buy synthetic rubies. However, …

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17 Different Types of Earrings (Plus Common Piercing Types)

Earrings were first worn by men as early as the Bronze Age when a 5,000-year-old Iceman mummy in the Italian Alps was discovered with a 7-11 mm diameter earlobe piercing. Warriors in the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty (550-330 BC) wore earrings while seamen pierced their earlobes after journeying across the world or crossing …

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