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General information about diamonds, jewelry, and the industry. Anything not found in the other Fine Jewelry University categories will be right here.

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  1. A group of yellow gold chains of different kinds of a blue background

    Types of Necklace Chains

    There are so many options available when you are considering a new chain. Do you want simple and unassuming or bold and overstated? Which chain type is the strongest? Which one will last the longest? In this article we'll go over pros and cons of the most popular chains on the market today, so you can choose the one that's best for you... read more »

  2. A group of art deco and art nouveau rings together

    Art Deco vs. Art Nouveau Style Jewelry

    Art Deco and Art Nouveau are two of the most influential and iconic art movements in history. In this article we'll break down each style and show you examples of how they were embodied in the jewelry of the time. Whether you are looking for a genuine vintage piece or a new custom design in the spirit of one of these styles, we would be happy to help... read more »

  3. The different parts of an engagement ring

    Anatomy of a Ring

    Knowing the different parts of a ring can help you make a better decision when choosing a new ring and it can help you know when your ring may need maintenance. It’s also a fun way to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of jewelry terms. Shank Every ring has a shank. This is the technical term for the band of metal that encircles the finger. There would be no ring without the shank. If the ring has a distinct design feature on the top part, the ring shank... read more »

  4. Styles of Earring Backs

    There are many styles of earring backs, and finding the right one for you can be overwhelming. In this article, we have laid out the various styles in a straightforward pros and cons format. If you have a style in mind, but aren't sure what it's called, or if you are having trouble with your current earring backs and are looking for good alternatives, we encourage you to continue reading... read more »

  5. Collection of many different styles of jewelry clasps laid out together

    Types of Jewelry Clasps

    In the world of jewelry, there are a wide variety of clasps, each with its own purpose and unique design. Whether you are searching for a replacement for a broken clasp or just looking to learn more about them, this article is for you. History of Jewelry Clasps Jewelry clasps are a small but important component of many types of jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, and anklets. Clasps allow for easy attachment and removal of the jewelry and provide a secure way to wear and display precious pieces. The history of... read more »

  6. Brands and Designer Jewelry

    Status, style, and quality are the three attributes that luxury jewelry brands are known for. Jewelry brands or designers have a high standard to live up to or they are abandoned. There is no excuse for poor execution, and most deliver the style and quality their followers expect. Style Jewelry styles must look good and be wearable. A particular piece may be very well made and last for years, but if it goes out of fashion, people won’t generally want to wear it. It is important that a jewelry brand... read more »

  7. Frequently Asked Question about Jewelry

    Here we answer some of your questions about jewelry in general. If you have a question you’d like answered, please contact us and we would be happy to help. What is a Gemologist? A gemologist is one who studies gems and jewelry scientifically, who knows and identifies them, can judge the elements and their beauty and value, and can apply this knowledge. This training and experience combine to make a gemologist. A gemologist like other professionals must keep up with current advancements in the field. The pace of change in... read more »

  8. Nickel in jewelry can cause allergic reactions

    What to Do When Your Ring Irritates Your Skin

    There are many solutions when your ring or other jewelry causes skin irritation. The key is to correctly determine the cause of the irritation, and then decide on a solution that works for you. It can be as simple and sizing the ring, removing solder, smoothing out rough spots, or rhodium plating. Or, you may need to consider remaking your ring in a different metal. We are here to help you decide what course is best for you... read more »