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A particle of foreign matter within a mineral that inhibits the flow of light and may affect the appearance of the stone. Many inclusions decrease the value of a stone but some are prized as they are the cause of extraordinary phenomena such as star sapphires or tiger eye quartz.
A decorative element or material embedded into another surface in such a manner that it is flush with the surface.
Insert or Insert Ring
A ring meant to add versatility and embellish a solitaire ring. An insert has two rows of diamonds with a gap between them to accommodate the solitaire ring when slipped into the insert.
A grooved setting that holds the stone(s) in such a manner that the setting itself can’t be seen.
In the IP-plating process, color is fused to the base metal in a controlled vacuum environment. This method enriches the jewelry with color that is fashionable and long lasting. However this does not mean that the IP-plating will never exhibit wear and tear at some point. It will scratch if exposed to sharp objects or rough surfaces.
IPC-Plating is a new patented special coating of iron power which is lead, nickel and cadmium free.
Ion plating process used to place hard metal coatings onto jewelry metals.
Play of color over the surface of a pearl as interference divides white light into its component colors.
Italian Murano Glass Beads
Made on the tiny island of Murano, just off the coast of Venice, Italy.