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September 25, 2018

What Is Crystal?

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Customers come to Annielka searching for crystal jewellery, but what is unclear is if they are searching for rock crystals or manmade crystals.  The dictionary defines crystals as naturally occurring (organic) but there are so many different types of manmade crystals which are also referred to as ‘crystal’. This is where the confusion starts. Let’s just say that the word is broadly used for both. What matters is understanding the differences and ensuring your expectations are met when buying crystal jewellery online.

Rock crystals form naturally (organic) deep in the earth’s crust. Rock crystals have to be mined before being cut and polished. They are classified into two groups – ‘precious’ and ‘semi-precious’.
‘Precious’ rock crystals are usually called ‘gemstones’ and include –  diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. They are mainly used in fine jewellery designs and command high prices due to their extraordinary colour, rarity, fire and sparkle.
‘Semi-precious’ rock crystals are more abundant and do not have fire or sparkle. Semi-precious crystals are of less commercial value than precious crystals. Some examples are clear quartz, amethyst, rose quartz, garnet and aquamarine.
An interesting fact: Amethyst used to be on the precious list until it was reclassified as semi-precious in the nineteenth century after large deposits were found in Brazil and Uruguay.

Rock crystals form naturally (organic) deep in the earth’s crust. Rock crystals have to be mined before being cut and polished. They are classified into two groups – ‘precious’ and ‘semi-precious’.
‘Precious’ rock crystals are usually called ‘gemstones’ and include –  diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. They are mainly used in fine jewellery designs and command high prices due to their extraordinary colour, rarity, fire and sparkle.
‘Semi-precious’ rock crystals are more abundant and do not have fire or sparkle. Semi-precious crystals are of less commercial value than precious crystals. Some examples are clear quartz, amethyst, rose quartz, garnet and aquamarine.
An interesting fact: Amethyst used to be on the precious list until it was reclassified as semi-precious in the nineteenth century after large deposits were found in Brazil and Uruguay.

Manmade crystals are called ‘rhinestone crystals’ or ‘diamantés’. Rhinestone crystals are synthetic and created in laboratories. Although they are not organic, they are still referred as ‘crystals,  which is technically incorrect.

Here is a breakdown of the three most popular manmade crystals used in jewellery designs that meet our quality standards. It’s good to understand what these man made crystalsactually are so that when you come across them, you know what you are buying and you know what quality you can expect when those earrings or that necklace arrives at your doorstep.

September 18, 2018

THE WONDERFUL ORANGE DIAMOND

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The Orange weighs 14,82 carat and the estimated value is around 15.000.000 euro. This stone is part of a bigger collection that will be auctioned on the same day. This collection contains jewelry from the famous style icon Hélène Rochas and also three piezed of the South-American Rockerfeller: Simon Itturi Patiño. Simon lived between lived between 1862 and 1947 and he built an enormous empire in the tin industry. A bit of a controverse person but also one of the wealthiest that ever lived.

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The most wonderful and biggest orange diamond in the world is called: The Orange. Christies anounced the auction of this particular diamond on the 10th of October. The auction will take place on the 12th of November

September 10, 2018

Brian Gavin Diamonds

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There are four “Cs” to consider when you are buying a diamond. Some are more important than others and it’s essential to understand why. According to renowned diamond expert Brian Gavin, of the internationally recognized brand Brian Gavin Diamonds, cut is the most important “C” to consider when purchasing a diamond.

Diamonds with a well-balanced cut are simply the best choice and often those diamonds will have the greatest “wow” factor. Brian Gavin says: ‘’A well-cut and polished diamond with precise symmetry will have more fire and brilliance and give the impression that it is larger than a stone of equal weight but with a lesser cut. “Since cut stands for performance, it greatly influences the other three Cs. Consumers today want reassurance that the diamond ring on their finger or the diamond stud in their ear is not only finely manufactured but is also perfectly symmetrical. After cut, the proportions or angles of the diamond are the next important factor to consider. You may have heard of the term “Hearts and Arrow,” which is the greatest indicator of diamond cut quality. Brian Gavin told me that the perfectly shaped hearts are formed when the main pavilion facets are cut at the correct angles and polished with such perfection that their reflection results in a perfect heart pattern. “Once the perfect heart pattern has been attained, the perfect arrow pattern in the crown results,” said Gavin.

While other diamond cutters seem focused on cutting diamonds to retain the maximum amount of carat weight, Brian Gavin is intent that every diamond be precisely cut to a degree of craftsmanship that is unattainable anywhere else. If you want to ensure maximum sparkle factor, go with the Hearts and Arrows because it is considered the pinnacle of cut.

September 3, 2018

Love this trio of bracelets from Laurie Geller

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This year’s reoccurring theme for me was bracelets! I kept being drawn to bold bangles, cuffs, tennis bracelets of all sizes, eras and price points. You could probably tell from my recap photos–I shockingly have more bracelet wrist stack photos than my typical Show Me Your Rings shots. I did notice that an abundance of bracelets were present at the show…and rings were slightly lacking. It could obviously be due to the demand of rings, as most people tend to buy rings, with some shops even exclusively selling rings only. If you attended the show, did you notice that too?? I’d love to hear.

This was the second year that the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show was located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and will be it’s new home from now on! Next year AGTA will also be in the same building, so there will be antique jewels AND incredible gems! This year’s show was lots of fun–I spent two back-to-back days mostly focusing on taking photos, meeting new people and of course buying! The second day I had an on-camera interview that I did in conjunction with the show, which I’m excited to share soon.

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