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Crystals, Jewelry & Decor

All about stones and minerals from Peru and elsewhere

How to recognize a quality cabochon

A "cabochon" is a style of gem-cutting. To be exact it is a cut and polished stone with a flat backside and a convex face. The cabochon cut is usually applied to opaque gemstones, while the cutting style called "faceting" is generally applied to transparent stones....

What is sterling silver and what is fine silver?

What is sterling silver and what is fine silver?

What is sterling silver? Sterling silver consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper (or alternatively germanium, zinc or platinum). For this reason, sterling silver is known as "925 sterling silver" or "925 silver". The reason why silver combines with other metals is to...