Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A jewelry history

Students of the natural sciences are in agreement when they say that of all the creatures in the animal kingdom, only humans seek to adorn themselves. Even as far in the past as primitive man, jewelry took on this role in a variety of forms.. Small objects were of primary importance, with some examples being found in the early Neolithic strata of the caverns in mas d’avil. It was here that many pierces stags’ teeth were discovered, often still in the shape of a necklace with its holding twine long since disintegrated. (Jewelry objects have now been found in pre-historic Africa that date back about 75,000 years.)
Closely related to the human need for ornamentation was the use of jewelry as amulets endowed with magical powers. For a true understanding of the growth and history of the importance of jewelry and precious stones, one has to be aware of the indelible belief that precious stones could affect the fortunes of the wearer.
Jewelry was made with certain convictions in mind, to meld into, conform to and strengthen beliefs. This was particularly true when religions began to form an important sociological bond.
Early in its inception, jewelry was associated with religious rites. Gold and jewels were used as gifts for the maintenance of worship. In accordance with this began the presumption that benefits could be derived from their wear and soon began the development of a complex network of fictitious powers being attributed to them. Curiously, many of these legends surrounding the benefits of certain stones were generally held all over the world. Gold and certain gems common to many parts of the globe were believed to yield similar virtues.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Gold Versus Silver Jewelry

by Michelle Lindsey

Today the price of an ounce of gold reached close to an all time high. Today(March 7th, 2007) we're at $644. The last time gold was higher was in 1980 when it reached an all time high of $615. Many people believe that the current values will continue to increase. Currently the price of gold is $110% above the 2001 year end closing. What does this mean to you, the consumer of fine jewelry? Simply put, gold has just about priced itself out of the reach of many consumers.

Now, what's a girl to do? Gold is coming back into popularity right as we are reaching those all time high costs. There is a good answer.

If you really prefer gold jewelry to silver, you can pick a piece of sterling silver with a vermeil finish. Silver prices have almost doubled since 2001, too, but the big difference is that sterling silver is 12.00 per ounce (about 1/50th the cost of gold).

Vermeil (Pronounced vehr-MAY) is a term that means gold over silver.

Vermeil is a gold-plating process which was developed in France in the mid-1700s. In the 19th century, France banned production of vermeil because the process involved the use of mercury. Present-day vermeil refers to an overplaying of gold onto silver using a safe electrolytic process.

In the past, gold plating was notorious for wearing through to the base metal. Today's technology makes that a thing of the past. The plating done today will last a lifetime with proper care.

Silver can be combined with either colored stones or with freshwater pearls. Because of it's affordability it is possible to have an entire set of a triple strand silver and freshwater pearls necklace and matching bracelet with earrings to provide a stunning display of elegance at a very good price.

There are numerous affordable choices to suit your individual style.