Jewelry By Shabocon Blog

How did you design that piece of jewelry? What is the gemstone? There are choices in birthstones? We've been doing our best to answer our customers questions one-on-one over the years.

Now we're gathering our knowledge and our jewelry on one site. Browse through the exotic gemstones, find out what all those numbers in jewelry ads are about, take a trip to Italy to look at cameos, and much more.

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Is It Real Gold?

Is there a surefire way to tell if a piece of jewelry is real gold?

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Jewelry-Making-Techniques or How Did They Do That?

Variations on a theme best describes how to approach the study of jewelry-making-techniques.

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Gold For Christmas. . . The Holiday Season Is Here

As the holiday shopping season gets into full swing, consider a timeless and elegant 14k gold or 18 gold chain necklace for that special someone.

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Adding Bismuth to the Jewelry Palette

The pairing of the unusual with the elegant traditional makes for unique jewelry treasures. Check out our Bismuth Crystal paired with Sapphire and with Tourmaline in two enticing sterling silver necklaces.

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Pearl Types & Pearl Names

What do the different pearl names mean? What are the different pearl types?

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The Care-of-Cameos and Cleaning of Cameo Jewelry

Special care-of-cameos will keep your cameo jewelry sparkling for future generations.

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The Gold of Golden Quartz Citrine As A Birthstone For November Babies

Citrine is one of the most affordable gemstones, thanks to the durability and availability of this golden quartz. Named from the French name for lemon, "citron," many citrines have a juicy lemon color.

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November Birthstone Choices

Although Golden Topaz is the commonly used gemstone for the November birthstone, November babies have a variety of gems to represent their birth month and astrological sign. See our birthstone and astrological gemstone charts and stay tune this week as we discuss each of these beautiful gemstones in more detail.

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There is a tourmaline that looks like almost any other gemstone!

Tourmaline's name comes from the Sinhalese word "turmali," which means "mixed." Bright rainbow collections of gemstone varieties were called "turmali" parcels. Tourmaline, occurring in more colors and combinations of colors than any other gemstone variety, lives up to its name. There is a tourmaline that looks like almost any other gemstone!

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Lore & Mystique Surrounding Chrysophrase

The lore and mystique surroundingChrysophrase (aka Chrysoprase) seems to hinge on its beautfulapple-green color. The color of nature and spring, Chrysophrase is said to facilitate a change of heart in others and a newopportunity for the wearer in situations that have seemedhopeless. Chrysophrase is said to open new paths in life's journey or to re-open paths that once seemed closed.

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More Carats Does Not Mean Bigger Why Carats & Size Are Not The Same

Carats have been the measure of weight used by the jewelry trade since antiquity. The word comes from the seed kuara of the carob bean. Because gemstones vary so greatly in their densities or atomic weights, the size of a one-carat gemstone can be very different than a one-carat stone of another gemstone type.

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Power-Gem Rose Zircon for October Babies

The power-rich gemstone Rose Zircon is an option as a birthstone for those born in October. Zircon has a long history of many powers attributed to it and the rose color is just one of its many sparkling colors.

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October Doesn't Mean Just Opal Anymore

Opal is not the only birthstone option for October babies. Gemstones as different as Rose Zircon, Aquamarine, Chrysophrase, and Tourmaline are alternative month gems for those born in October.

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