The Etruscan Ring History

Women love bold jewelry so much and one of the boldest was the creation of Estruscan Ring from Etruria has a very rich history dating way back to the Villanovan Era. An abundance of time was spent producing items such as pottery and decorative items for the home. These bold and rich styles definitely seemed to symbolize the times and showed the wealth of the era. You will notice very rich and deep lines such as triangles and thick corners, which definitely have translated into this style of jewelry. The jewelry was made in so many different metals, but gold of course was of the the most precious.

The Etruscologists have spent many years and sometimes lifetimes trying to find facts about these times, but the unique style of the jewelry certainly symbolized the boldness of the era. Someplace between the 6th and 7th centuries it seems as those the art was perfected and defined. Many emblems we see now are still used in the styles such as a full or half moon with floral element and oriental inspiration. The southern states in the area of Tarquinia seemed to be the areas that created some of the finest and most beautiful jewelry that defined the period. Jewelry Megastore is proud to still offer such art crafted into Gold Etruscan Rings containing Sapphires and other gemstones such as Rubies that are accented with diamonds and enamel.

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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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