Testing for the Purity of Gold
Usually gold jewelry is stamped with its karat amount, but polishing, repair, and wear can efface the stamp. Fortunately, there are a few reliable ways to determine the karats or your piece.
What Is the Gold Standard?
The story of the gold standard (and paper money) begins with ancient goldsmiths, who we may think of as the original bankers. During a time when precious metals were used in everyday economic exchange, people would store any gold they didn’t need at the moment with the goldsmith, who, in turn, would issue the clients a paper receipt indicating the amount of gold they had in storage.
15 Surprise Proposal Ideas
Planning a proposal can make even the coolest of us sweat. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve known your beloved or even if you think you know exactly how he or she will respond, you’re probably feeling a bit of pressure to make the event incredibly special.
What Is a Lab-Grown Diamond?
In searching for an eco-friendly engagement ring
, you may have come across something called a “lab grown,” “synthetic,” or “man-made” diamond. While the concept of a man-made diamond may seem peculiar, lab-grown diamonds are virtually indistinguishable from natural diamonds. Unlike diamond imitations (like cubic zirconia or mossanite), lab-grown diamonds share the same optical, physical, and thermal properties as natural diamonds. The only difference is that instead of being mined, they were grown in a lab.