AQUAMARINE AND AMETHYST- THE POPULAR GEMSTONES
Amethyst and aquamarines are used in both designer and costume jewellery . Amethysts and aquamarines and among two of the most popular of the gemstones . Aquamarine is a variety of precious beryl and comes in varying hues from light blue to green. It is found most commmonly in Brazil where there are large deposits available. Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and one of the most popular of the quartz varieties. The name amethyst comes from the greek and means "not drunken". For examples of beautiful aquamarine and amethyst jewellery including detailed vintage and modern vintage style necklaces click here. For beautiful semi precious amethyst, citrine, and rose quartz bracelets and earrings - click here for website.
Left: Sterling Silver and Clear Quartz gemstone bracelet with filigree silver connectors from Modern Vintage Style
STERLING SILVER VINTAGE JEWELLERY
Sterling silver is associated with classic style and simplicity in the world of fashion. It is flexible and versatile and this makes it a good addition to any wardrobe. With the inclusion of gem stones and other precious metals, it lends itself to various styles of jewellery including vintage costume jewellery, and gemstone jewellery.
Sterling silver is an alloy. It is often made from 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, although other mixtures are possible. The addition of copper means the jewelry item is much more likely to tarnish. Tarnish is a darkening which happens when the sterling silver reacts with gases in the air or humidity or moisture. The more humid the atmosphere, the more likely it is for a piece of silver jewelry to tarnish. Sterling silver jewellery that is worn often is less likely to tarnish than jewellery that is stored for prolonged periods of time.
Sterling silver is often stamped with the word sterling, or 925 and often will also have the identifying country, i.e. 925 Italy. Sterling silver is widely used for jewellery making due to it's malleability and relatively cheap cost to produce.
Sterling silver can sometimes be found with a vermeil finish. Pronounced "vermay," from a French word which describes sterling silver that has been plated with at least 100 millionths of an inch of carat gold. Silver is an element which occurs naturally in the earth. Fine silver is 99.9% pure, but is too malleable and soft for jewelry production.. Extra metal, often copper, is added for additional strength . Mexico is a big manufacturer of silver jewellery. The content of Mexican silver is generally more pure than sterling silver, and is often 95% silver and 5% copper. It is also generally marked with the district in Mexico from which it originates, i.e. Taxco Mexico silver.our paragraph here.
Below right: Vintage Earrings fromModern Vintage Style
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DESIGNER VINTAGE JEWELLERY
Designer vintage jewellery has always been very popular and some of the most beautiful pieces in the world can be seen at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. If you are looking for some inspiration for your jewellery creations be it vintage or more modern then it is a great place to visit. They have a beautiful collection of vintage and modern vintage style jewellery including vintage brooches, bracelets and vintage necklaces. The semi precious stones and gemstone involved in some of the most expensive pieces in the world are a sight to behold, and the quality of workmanship is absolutely outstanding. Some of the designer costume jewellery pieces are equally outstanding with the Christian Dior jewellery brand ,Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Christian LaCroix having produced some stunnning costume jewellery. There is a wealth of information in the V and A collections and exhibitions of jewellery from various different historical eras. For further information on gemstone jewellery and designer vintage jewellery have a look at this vintage and antique jewellery collection