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Noble Jewelry Terms

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Naif – You’d have to be a real naif to think this term only applies to easily deceived individuals.  In the diamond world, a naif is any unpolished surface on the stone.  In cut and polished diamonds, some naif may be left behind on the girdle (in this case, called a ‘bruted girdle’) to give the stone a lil’ something extra (in terms of carat weight). 

Násfa – Pendants dating back to the 1500’s were affectionately known as Nasfas, that is if you were in the land of Hungary.  Typically fashioned with a flower theme, gallant groom-to-bes would give these to their betrothed beauties from Budpest as an engagement present.  If they waited to gift them to their brides on the day after their wedding, they were then called “Morgengabes,” which roughly translates to “Prisoner’s Brooch.”

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Navette – this is a nifty name you can give to any gemstone cut in the Marquis style (in an oval shape, with pointed tips).  What sets this apart is that it usually describes gems that have this type of silhouette, but are not faceted (meaning the stone is smooth, in the cabochon category).  If a jeweler asks if you would like your gem cut in this manner and you are opposed to it, simply answer “No, no navette.”

Nécessaire – here we have any sort of container that is used to hold essential, every day items.  These can range drastically in fanciness, from ordinary leather satchels that you stick a fork, spoon or spork in, to fantastically designed golden vessels, utilized in transporting elegant grooming devices, styling products, extra cell phone chargers and a birth certificate authenticating your royal lineage.  

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Négligée – much like the French under garment of the same name, this is a style of necklace that is truly naughty.  The defining features are its delicate chain and two pendant pieces, which hang down about the neck.  What makes this so scandalous is that the pendants are hung at different lengths.   The asymmetry embodied here was the talk of the town in turn of the 20th century France.   

Neo-Renaissance – yes, this is the stylistic period most favored by the protagonist in “The Matrix,” but it also represents the time during the mid to late 1800’s when Europeans were reviving Renaissance (1300-1600’s) inspired art, architecture and jewelry.  Pieces popular during this era were often colorful, ornate and intricately designed.  It is widely unconfirmed if anyone attended the “Neo-Renaissance Fair.”

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Nephrite – is a stone type that is so similar to jadeite, that the two are lumped together and collectively called “Jade.”  Some contentious trading of this gemstone between Burma and China for centuries, mostly resolved today.  

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Nicolo – any design etched into the stone onyx that appears light or bright blue is said to be a nicolo.  These little elevated cameos (or their inverted opposites; hollowed out intaglios) were especially popular in ancient Egyptian jewelry.  

Niello – a sturdier alternative to enamel, this is a black, metallic substance which is applied over a metal surface (usually silver).  Then it’s etched and configured into any number of symbols and designs.  Great for knights who like their shields to be extra strong, as well as flamboyant.  

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Noble Metal – if you can successfully fight off corrosion, and stay eternally shiny, you may qualify to be deemed a noble metal.  These include the big three – that’s right, you guessed it – gold, silver and platinum.  Much like the Tin Man, these precious metals are not only noble in name, but in their pure, metallic hearts as well.  

-Joe Leone 

“How Much Jewelry Should I Own?”

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The question of how much jewelry a person should wear is hard enough, but what about how much jewelry you should own? Purging closets is a popular and freeing activity, but you may have never considered purging your jewelry collection. Getting rid of pieces you haven’t worn in ages can help you remove clutter not only from your dresser, but from your mind as well. Think of how much time (and possibly money!) you could save if you vow to keep your jewelry collection simple.

First and foremost, deciding on the amount of jewelry you should own is a personal choice based on the size of your storage area, your budget, and your style. If you’re reading this because you think you have too much jewelry and you want to pare back your collection by selling a few diamonds with us, or if you’re reading this because you would like to score some extra cash for your wares, then you’re on the right track.

Diamond-Lighthouse-selling-beauty-jewelry-items-colorsYour style of jewelry—and the amount you own—all depends on your desired daily look. People everywhere have used accessories to liven up outfits for thousands of years, and having the right collection can make your daily life easier and help you achieve the style you seek.

Once you’ve committed to stripping your collection of clutter, choosing which pieces constitute “clutter” can be a big challenge. Here are some gentle guidelines to help you choose how you want to outfit your jewelry wardrobe:

  • Earrings: While some minimalists advise against owning more than five pairs of earrings, other style experts focus more on which earrings you should have. The basic types of earrings are stud, hoops, and chandelier earrings. When you’re choosing which ones you want, consider paring your collection down to basic diamond studs and hoops. If you think diamonds and hoops offer an unnecessary amount of bling for your taste, consider selling your diamonds with us and trimming back to a pair of studs in every basic color: pearls, silver, and gold.

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  • Layering Necklaces: Whether you choose pearls or a chain, it’s a good idea to have 1920s style layering necklaces to wear on a night out. They are an easy way to add an element of romance to an outfit, especially if you mix and match pretty pearls with shiny metals or clear gemstones.

 

  • Pendant or Charm Necklace: A short collar-length necklace that holds your favorite pendant or charm is a great piece to wear every day. While it’s not showy, it is pretty and will add some dazzle to an otherwise plain outfit.

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  • Statement Necklace: If you’re a jewelry lover, you know all about statement necklaces. They’re lovely, decorative pieces that can turn a plain outfit into an exciting one. Some fashionistas recommend choosing a turquoise necklace every time, but no matter which color you choose, it is an easy way to take an outfit from work to dinner.
  • Cocktail Ring: Like a statement necklace, a cocktail ring is a pleasant and pretty reminder that wearing jewelry is supposed to be fun, not a difficult task. Hang on to that crazy-big cocktail ring you bought on a whim last year, or add a new one you’ve been thinking about to your collection. A cocktail ring is an easy way to add a splash of color to your outfit and to show off your personality and style.

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  • Chunky Watch: While this might seem like a strange choice to add to a must-have list, a chunky menswear-inspired watch is a great piece to add to your outfit if you want to make a statement. Plus, it’s practical.

When picking out the pieces that make the final cut, remember that jewelry exists to add to your style, not add to your stress levels. More isn’t always better, and a few key pieces can really go a long way.

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Differences Between Silver, Gold and Platinum 

Diamond-Lighthouse-broker-rings-gold-silver-platinumEveryone knows the obvious discrepancies between Silver, Gold and the elusive Platinum, but there are many hidden facts that separate these precious metals.  Here we will break down the differences between Silver and Gold, and then Gold and Platinum (we wouldn’t want to insult Platinum by even comparing it to Silver).

Gold vs. Silver 

Gold 

known on the Period Table of Elements as “Au”, with the Atomic Number 79.

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 Historically, the most popular in all forms of jewelry, especially in both men’s and women’s wedding rings.  A huge plus is that it does not tarnish when exposed to the elements.  Unlike chicken at McDonald’s, gold naturally occurs in nugget form.  Gold has been used in coinage, jewelry and arts before recorded time.  The term “the gold standard” refers to the monetary policy that was used all the way until the 1930’s.

Gold is classified in “Karats”, ranging from 9 to 24.  All that these numbers actually connote is the amount of pure gold in the jewelry or item being described.  For instance, a ring that is 24K is, in essence, pure gold.  One that is 9K is mostly comprised of other metals, like silver or copper, and technically can not be categorized as “gold jewelry” (must be 10K or higher, by U.S. standards).

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