The History Of Gold Earrings

Gold Earrings On Women

Piercing ears is one of the oldest forms of body modification that are referenced as art and dating back to 1500BC. Gold earrings became a fashion statement as far back as the 1590’s during the English renaissance. Back in 1577 it was written that men looking for women would wear earrings of gold  with stones or pearls. Even sailors would wear earrings as a symbol that they sailed around the world or had even went by the equator. You can even see pictures of William Shakespeare wearing earrings in portraits of him and many others.

14kt Diamond Cut Hoop Earrings

It was not until the late 1950’s into the 1960’s that piercings really started to take off and it became more mainstream for women to aspire to have earrings. The idea of precious metal earrings is a very big industry and most are either 14k gold earrings or Sterling Silver earrings made for women, but very popular for men as well. A few different types are hoops, diamond or gold studs, huggy and dangle earrings in addition to many more. This has become an important staple of the jewelry industry and jewelry in general as part of a collection for women around the world.

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Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey American Idol Blowup!

Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey

Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey argument over an American Idol contestant might be a PR stunt, but no one knows for sure! That is some pair of gold earrings that Nicki has on and we always love how Mariah sports diamond earrings of some kind. The buyers at Jewelry Megastore love diamonds for sure!

Nicki Minaj

The 4 C’s of Diamonds

The subject of Diamonds is very broad, a diamond’s cost is based on the characteristics known as the “4 C’s” (carat, color, clarity and cut). These are the industry standards utilized by many jewelers around the world. While clarity is frequently assumed to be the most important factor of all the “C’s”, in fact, color and cut (especially cut) have a more profound affect on the visual appearance of a diamond.

Carat:  Translates into the actual size of a diamond. Just like how a dollar is made up of 100 pennies, a one carat diamond contains 100 points, ¾ carat contains 75 points, etc.

The word “carat” comes from the seed of the carob tree pod which is found in tropical climates. These seeds were used until this century to weigh precious gems.

Color: The color of diamonds can range a great deal, the most common range is known as white to a yellow color. Increasing degrees of body color are measured on a scale ranging from no color at all (D) to deeply colored (Z).  The most common range is between D-J.

Clarity: The clarity grade of a diamond refers to the amount of inclusions in a diamond, which are the natural flaws that are in a diamond. Clarity is measured on a scale ranging from pure (flawless) to heavily included (I-3). The final clarity grade is usually determined by how easy the inclusions and blemishes are for the grader to see.

Cut:   Most people refer to this as the shape, but it also explains the proportions of a diamond. Sometimes the forgotten “C”, ensures that a given stone has maximum brilliance and sparkle which would not be the case if the stone was cut for weight alone.

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