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May 10, 2008
What do you mean by high quality lapis?

Let's discover what makes lapis qualify as "high quality". There are a few things to look at when classifying lapis:

Died or not? If it is died the color will look very consistent. Natural lapis should have some variations in color. So in conclusion the more the color varies the lower the quality.

Waxed or not? During the polishing process, waxing the stone is a normal part of this procedure. Waxing doesn't alter the quality, but it does create a nice shine to the stone. Visit our website store below to view a good example of waxed, high quality lapis - especially the centerpiece of Butterfly with Lapis Necklace.

Is the Color Uniform? Above I mentioned the more uniform the color, the higher quality, as long as it is natural. Some lapis will have streaks of gold or patches of white. These indicate a lower quality, although they can add texture and dimension to the stone.

What is the real truth about pearls?

When trying to value pearls, there are two main characteristics to consider: size which is measured in millimeters and the quality of finish. The quality of the finish or nacre coating gives a pearl its luster.

Pearls require no polishing or faceting to shine. There are several types of pearls. Natural pearls are made by mollusks without human intervention, whereas cultured pearls, also grown by mollusks, require the addition of an irritant to the shell in order to make the pearl grow.

Most pearls used in jewelry necklaces, bracelets and earrings are either cultured or imitation. In fact, since the 1920's natural pearls are very rare. That's one more reason to know the difference between natural and cultured pearls and to trust the source of your handmade and unique jewelry.
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ShaynaBJewelry.com creates inspirational and unique jewelry necklaces, bracelets and earrings using semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and Swarovski crystals. Find special, unique handmade jewelry at ShaynaB.
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