Author: Steve

  • 18k Buffalo Nickel Belt Buckle

    Summertime at Images is a fun time. We get to take some time for ourselves to create the new and up and coming ideas and designs. Recently I had some design work that led me in the direction of ideas along the line of the 1912 Buffalo nickel. I was working on a man’s belt buckle and wanted the appearance of it to be shiny…

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  • Where Did Engagement Rings Come From?

    History of Engagement Rings Long before we learned that diamonds are forever and before they became a girl’s best friend, engagement rings were made of simpler stuff. While there‘s no historical record of the first time a man slipped a ring on the finger of the woman who promised to be his bride, there is enough evidence to suggest that the tradition at least dates…

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  • Do You Suffer From Large Knuckles?

    What do you do when your ring is both too large and too small? Ladies and gentlemen!  How many of you have a special ring in your jewelry box that you no longer wear either because you can’t get the ring over your knuckle or, because you had it sized large enough to get over your knuckle, it spins around your finger that the stones…

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  • Diamonds Aren’t The ONLY Gems For Engagement Rings

    Sapphire Engagement Rings Are More Popular Than Ever While the words diamond and custom engagement ring have been used in concert since the late Victorian era, the tradition isn’t unbreakable. In fact, a growing number of future brides forgo diamond engagement rings altogether – based on personal preferences, moral grounds or financial reasons. Like its sister, the ruby, sapphires are gems of the mineral corundum.…

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  • How To Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry at Home

    When it comes to cleaning sterling silver jewelry it isn't always necessary to use harsh chemicals. If you are a little bit handy you can do it yourself, at home, with a few simple ingredients. To try this at home you will need: glass or plastic bowl aluminum foil hot water baking soda plastic or wood fork Step 1: Line your bowl with aluminum foil Step…

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  • A Material for Every Wedding Ring

    Wedding rings, They're not just gold anymore The wedding ring is a traditional symbol of the commitment between two people to spend the rest of their lives together. Wedding rings today are a billion-dollar sentiment, but their perfect, circular shape symbolized eternity in many ancient cultures. The hole in the center of the ring also had significance – it was considered a gateway to a future…

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  • 29 Strange Wedding Traditions from Around the World

    Every culture has their own special traditions, and weddings are no different. In fact, in many countries, weddings seem to be an opportunity to really cut loose... and not just at the reception. 1. Starting close to home, have you ever wondered why the bride in many western countries will typically wear white? Maybe you've heard it's supposed to signify purity or virginity. Well, that…

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  • What’s In My Gold??

    No, it’s not a fly (as in “What’s that in my soup?).  It’s the reason that your gold is the color it is.  Many years ago, when your grandparents and great-grandparents were buying jewelry, gold followed the Henry Ford school of thought – you could have gold any color you wanted it, as long as it was yellow.  As time and technology progressed, metallurgists (that’s…

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  • Mythical Gemstones

    For those who appreciate the beauty of colored gemstones, there are three gemstones that are almost mythical to find: the Padparadscha Sapphire, the Paraiba Tourmaline and the Russian Alexandrite.  Why are these mythical?  Because finding genuine, quality specimens of these stones is very, very difficult. Starting with the Padparadscha - its name is derived from the Sanskrit "padma ranga" (padma = lotus; ranga = color). …

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  • Tsavorite – The Unknown Green Gem

    When it comes to green gemstones, the first (and perhaps the only) gemstone that comes to many peoples' minds is emerald and rightfully so.  The history of emeralds as a precious gem goes back ages.  However, most people find bright green emeralds expensive.  Images Jewelers would like to introduce you to an alternative that's even brighter, more durable and less expensive than an emerald –…

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