The Wonderful World of Jewelry

It is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. That fact is, however, that the wonderful world of jewelry is enjoyed both people of both sexes. Throughout the ages, women and men alike have adorned themselves with everything from earrings to jewel-encrusted breast plates. Jewelry has been used to represent everything from status, wealth, and nobility to love, refinement and good taste. Azzi Jewelers has a superior collection of items available to make everyone feel like modern-day royalty.

To be considered “fine jewelry” a piece must consist of genuine stones and be crafted from precious metal such as gold, platinum, palladium, or silver. However, the finest jewelry is usually made of platinum or gold as these two noble metals are rare and strong. When dealing with gold, the purity is expressed in karats; the higher the karat, the higher the purity, with pure gold being 24K. Since pure gold is quite soft, generally an alloy of gold is used to make the piece stronger. For example, 18K gold is 75% pure gold and 25% other metal [usually a mix of silver, copper, palladium, etc.]. With higher karats usually comes higher prices as well, and most outstanding stones are usually set in at least 18K.

When considering stones to be set into jewelry, they are usually classified as either precious or semi-precious. Jewelry with one of the four precious gemstones: diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires will generally be more expensive than a piece with a semi-precious stone such as amethyst, peridot or citrine. Of course, exceptions do exist; natural color-changing Alexandrite is one of the rarest stones on Earth and prices of superb specimens can easily [and greatly] surpass those for similarly sized diamonds. The rare, single-source Tanzanite is also highly valued even though it is not among the four “precious” stones. Pearls and coral are examples of organic gemstones [those made by living organisms] that can also fetch high prices.

Whatever combination of metal and stone you are looking for, Azzi Jewelers is able to find a perfect match for your needs. A jewelry suite, consisting of matching ring, necklace, bracelet and earrings is often a wonderful choice for the ladies; these often become a signature “look” for the wearer and are passed down to descendants as heirlooms. The gentleman usually go towards the more conservative options like cuff links, a ring, or perhaps a bracelet, with or without stones. Of course, there are options of earrings and more elaborate necklaces available for the man with a more daring sense of style. The most important thing to remember, though, when buying jewelry is to buy what you love as you are the person who will enjoy it the most.

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