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If a man wants to surprise the woman in his life with a piece of jewelry, bracelets are the perfect gift. Purchasing earrings requires a selection that complements earlobe shape and size, rings must be properly sized, and necklaces must be selected with a woman’s preference in clothes and collar lines in mind. By comparison, choosing a bracelet is a relatively easy decision. A bracelet should fit the wrist neither too tightly nor so loosely that it slips down over the hand. To address women’s concern that it will catch on their clothing, prong-set bracelets should be selected with an eye toward quality and finish. The best of these are beaded over so that they do not hook sleeve fabric.

P.S. Bracelets with lobster clasps are as secure as those with spring clasps, but they are easier for wearers to open and close themselves.

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The “brilliant cut” is the most popular cut for diamonds and other colorless stones because it ensures that maximum light will be reflected out through the front of the gemstone. Variations on the outline result in the oval and boat-shaped marquise. Colored stones, on the other hand, are often shown to their best advantage with the “step cut,” with its rectangular or square table facet and girdle and parallel rectangular facets. The corners of fragile stones may be removed to create octagonal stones. Mixed cuts are stones that are usually rounded in outline, with the crowns (above the girdle) cut as brilliants and the pavilions (below the girdle) step cut. Many sapphires and rubies are cut in this style.

Looking for a special piece of jewelry? Dazzle that special someone with a gift of beautiful gold, gemstone, or diamond jewelry at STARNES MASTER JEWELERS located at 127 West Main St. We offer more than just the “usual” experience. We travel the world seeking the most beautiful and unique jewelry designs, as well as the greatest values. Please, do not hesitate to contact us at 704-982-1013 for any of your special needs. Our purpose is to serve you, and have every gift deliver your intended affection.

P.S. A  gemstone’s cut and its shape are two different things.

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columnlogoDiamond Jewelry With A Vintage Look

Vintage-inspired diamond jewelry has always been popular, and the passion for these pieces shows no signs of letting up any time soon. Signature designs of the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco eras are particularly embraced, especially the intricate scrollwork and architectural designs of Art Deco jewelry and the floral romance of Victorian-style necklaces, bracelets, and rings. This enthusiasm has given a boost to the appeal of “rose cut” diamonds, which first became popular in the mid-16th century. The basic rose cut has a flat base (no pavilion) and a crown composed of symmetrically arranged triangular facets (usually 12 or 24), which rise to form a point. Rose-cut diamonds are combined with brilliant-cut diamonds as complementary design elements.

Antique diamonds will always hold a unique, romantic quality. This makes them excellent investments and cherished heirlooms. STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is a respected source for exquisite jewelry located at 127 West Main St. where you can shop for the widest selection of unique jewelry items and the most fabulous diamonds and gemstones. Contact us 704-982-1013 and allow us to assist you in purchasing vintage-inspired jewelry. Our professional and knowledgeable staff is anxious to work with you to make sure you have the best buying experience possible.

P.S. Although rose-cut diamonds may not sparkle as much as brilliant-cut diamonds, they appear to be twice as big (because they are shallow) and exude much of the calm natural beauty of an uncut diamond.

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September’s birthstone comes in a host of colors other than its signature violet-blue.  Sapphire, which is a variety of the gem species corundum (along with ruby), comes in just about every color of the rainbow, from yellow and green to pink and purple. In addition, white sapphire has been used as a substitute for the more brilliant diamond. In the more popular blue color, sapphire is a time-honored selection for engagement rings in Europe. Perhaps the most spectacular and familiar example of this is the 12-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds that Prince Charles gave to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. You might say that blue sapphire is fit for a princess.

The sapphire has long been desired among royalty and celebrities. It represents wisdom, love, faith, and purity. Gorgeous sapphire rings, earrings, and pendants add a bright twist to your everyday ensembles and pair perfectly with formalwear for a look that’s sure to get you noticed. Shop STARNES MASTER JEWELERS at 127 West Main St. for September birthstone jewelry for your loved ones born in early autumn! We carry a spectacular variety of designs and are fully confident that you will find a piece that suits you, so contact us at 704-982-1013.

P.S. Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is the world’s largest producer of sapphires over 100 carats in weight.

Gem Talk

columnlogoWrapped Around Her Wrist

If a man wants to surprise the woman in his life with a piece of jewelry, bracelets are the perfect gift. Purchasing earrings requires a selection that complements earlobe shape and size, rings must be properly sized, and necklaces must be selected with a woman’s preference in clothes and collar lines in mind. By comparison, choosing a bracelet is a relatively easy decision. A bracelet should fit the wrist neither too tightly nor so loosely that it slips down over the hand. To address women’s concern that it will catch on their clothing, prong-set bracelets should be selected with an eye toward quality and finish. The best of these are beaded over so that they do not hook sleeve fabric.

Delight and dazzle someone special with a gorgeous gift of jewelry. Sure to transform any ordinary outfit into an outstanding sensation, the gift of a bracelet is the perfect way to let her know you care. Come into STARNES MASTER JEWELERS located at 127 West Main St. where you will find an amazing selection of unique bracelet gift ideas for your daughter, mother, wife or girlfriend. Contact us at 704-982-1013 where our experience, skill and knowledge will help you make a confident purchase.

P.S. Bracelets with lobster clasps are as secure as those with spring clasps, but they are easier for wearers to open and close themselves.

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Pure Platinum

Platinum, the rarest and most valuable of precious metals, has a white luster that makes it a perfect match with the equally desirable diamond. Unlike silver, this chemically inert and corrosion-resistant metal does not tarnish when exposed to the atmosphere. Its color ranges from silvery gray and gray white to opaque white. Platinum is about 60 percent more dense than gold and about twice as dense as silver. Its history as a metal in jewelry making has been limited by early jewelers’ inability to produce the temperature (3,223 degrees Fahrenheit) needed to melt the precious white metal. It was not until the heat-producing technology was sufficiently developed in the 1920s that platinum became a viable choice for the jewelry-buying public.

Because of its beauty and value, platinum jewelry has always been given as a distinctive expression of love for engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays. STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is located at 127 West Main St. where our mission is to educate customers, provide extraordinary personalized service and build lifelong relationships with our customers. Platinum is among the greatest, purest and rarest precious metals. It has a modest sophistication that appeals to both men and women. Call us at 704-982-1013 and allow us to assist you.

P.S. Platinum is the preferred precious metal for engagement rings due to its durability and diamond-enhancing color.

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When it comes to expressing your inner self in terms of jewelry, few pieces provide a better reflection of your personality than a cocktail ring with a gorgeous colored gemstone or two. In fact, the latest trend in cocktail-ring wear involves setting two gorgeous, large stones side by side. As if that were not eye-catching enough, mix two different types of gemstones with two different colors, cuts, and shapes. For instance, pair a prong-set, faceted, and elongated blue topaz next to a smaller amethyst also set in gold prongs. Or, mix a pear-shaped blue topaz with a cabochon peridot. The point of any cocktail ring is to go a bit overboard in terms of both size and style.

What woman doesn’t want a fabulous cocktail ring for that special occasion? The bold statements our cocktail rings make will leave a lasting impression.  STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is located at 127 West Main St. where you can shop for the widest selection of unique jewelry items and the most exquisite diamonds and gemstones. Contact us at 704-982-1013 and allow us to assist you in purchasing an exquisite cocktail ring. Our professional and knowledgeable staff is anxious to work with you to make sure you have the best buying experience possible.

P.S. A cocktail ring featuring raw, uncut diamonds of different colors makes a bold statement.

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When it comes to diamonds, you can have a natural mineral that was produced billions of years ago, or you can choose one produced via “Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition.” The latter type of diamond with the decidedly unromantic name is a synthetic diamond produced by layering carbon atoms on a diamond “seed,” which is a process that speeds up the diamond-making process to only a few months. Of course, there is nothing new about synthetic diamonds, which began to be developed in the 1950s, largely for industrial use. More recently, the technology has advanced to the point where synthetic diamonds have been deceitfully mixed with natural diamonds. This highlights the importance of attaining diamond certificates that ensure authenticity.

Whether it’s a diamond engagement ring to pop the question or a necklace and earrings to show her how much you care we can help you find the perfect jewelry. Its love at first sight with diamond jewelry that’s as unique as she is. Rings, bracelets and necklaces in radiant diamonds and other jewelry can be yours at affordable prices when you shop STARNES MASTER JEWELERS located at 127 West Main St.  Contact us at 704-982-1013 where we carry a spectacular variety of designs and are fully confident that you will find a piece that suits you.

P.S. Much of the romance surrounding diamonds has to do with the notion that ordinary carbon molecules can be transformed into a material with superlative physical qualities up to 120 miles beneath the surface of the earth and emerge to grace a woman’s hand.

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columnlogoA Midsummer Night’s Green

It is hardly an accident that the gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine, known as “peridot,” is the birthstone for August. While this gemstone comes in colors ranging from yellowish-green to brown, it is the lime and olive greens that peridot lovers find so appealing. Take a summer walk along a verdant path in the woods by a stream, and you are likely to encounter many similar colors among the leaves and ferns. Peridot in these colors, which are equal mixes of sunshine and chlorophyll, seem almost capable of giving off the scent of a freshly cut lawn. As such, peridot proves to be a favorite among fashion jewelry designers, who love the gemstone’s ability to “pop” and elicit attention.

Peridot’s unique vivid green adds a lively sparkle to any piece of jewelry. Come into STARNES MASTER JEWELERS located at 127 West Main St. where our peridot birthstone jewelry is available in beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. You’ll also find vibrant August birthstone jewelry that includes colorful gemstones to add extra sparkle.

Contact us at 704-982-1013 where our experience, skill and knowledge will help you make a confident purchase.

P.S. Peridot, which is mentioned many times in the Bible, is worn along with amethyst by Catholic Bishops to signify purity and morality.

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columnlogoA Touch of Glass

Enameling is the technique of fusing glass to metal that creates beautiful pieces of jewelry characterized by deep, rich colors. Perhaps the most famous of enameling techniques is “guilloche,” which is a decorative engraving technique (called “engine turning”) that involves scratching fine patterns and designs on metallic surfaces. The indentations are then filled with different colors and opacities of enamel to create an intriguingly beautiful effect. While Fabergé may not have been the first person to use this technique, he brought guilloche to its most heightened effect in the form of his famous Fabergé eggs. Although the machines used to create guilloche are no longer produced, beautiful enamel pieces in various forms remain very popular.

Enamel jewelry has been around since the time of Romans and Egyptians. It is available in different shapes, sizes and designs. Today, more and more people want enamel jewelry as they are undeniably beautiful and they make great gifts for any occasion. STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is conveniently located at 127 West Main St. where our professional and knowledgeable staff is anxious to work with you to make sure you have the best buying experience possible. Enameling adds a beautiful touch to jewelry by taking a “regular” piece of jewelry and making it unique. Call us at 704-982-1013, and allow us to assist you.

P.S. Enamel jewelry continues to be a favorite among girls and young women with an eye for gorgeous colors and evocative imagery.