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Swarovski Gold Plated Earrings

Swarovski Gold Plated EarringsThese swarovski gold plated handcrafted earrings are just perfect for any occasion! For more details please see here.

Swarovski crystals are not natural crystals found in caves, but are man-made gems manufactured in Austria. In the late 1800’s, Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956) discovered         a formula for making beautiful, high quality lead glass crystals. Since then, the Swarovski family has continued the tradition of making the most recognized crystals in the world out of their factory in Wattens, a market community in Austria. They perfected the art of cutting the crystal and developed a polishing technique that gives their crystals a transparent and bright reflective quality to the finished product.

Originally, crystal was produced for chandeliers and later stemware. Artisan realized that the beauty and elegance of crystal could be crafted into jewelry such as pendants and earrings. This was the forefront to the industry today where crystal is used to create exquisite jewelry, and Swarovski jewelry it the leader in the market. Waterford, Baccarat Orrefors, Murano Ravenscroft and Hoya are among the most recognized names in crystal. Fine crystal contains lead oxide; twentyfour percent is the highest it can contain and still ensure the brilliance that has made them sought after all over the world. The artisans of the time experimented by adding lead to the glass to be able to change its characteristics. They were able to produce a silvery item that with careful cutting became beautiful crystal.

Crystal dates back to Mesopotamia. Its intended use was for jewelry, pottery, and decorations. It was in its native state and only the aristocracy of the time.

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Red Jade Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings

2013-10-021These lovely statement dainty red jade gemstones are handcrafted using 925 sterling silver wire and they dangle from sterling silver flower and French earring hooks. These faceted drop jade gemstones are 15 mm long and they are perfect gift for the upcoming Christmas.

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Red Jade is a variety of Jadeite, one of two distinctly different minerals that share the name Jade.  Nephrite is a calcium magnesium silicate with a smooth surface polish and waxy sheen, usually in shades of white, mid- to deep olive green, brown and black. Jadeite is a sodium aluminum silicate, hard and lustrous, rarer than Nephrite, and usually more expensive. It occurs in various colors, including white-gray green, leafy green, blue or blue-green, emerald green, lavender, pink, red, orange, greenish-black or black. Though they have different compositions, hardnesses, densities and crystal structures, both are exceptionally tough stones, similar in appearance, and equally valuable in metaphysical properties.

Red Jade is an excellent support stone for overcoming self-abuses such as addiction to drugs, alcohol, tobacco or gambling. It gives strength in the face of difficult circumstances and lends the fortitude needed to achieve one’s goal. Red Jade is a stone of luck, carrying a frequency of material prosperity and physical health. It is less suited to long-term prosperity than Green Jade, but is quite beneficial in jump-starting one’s finances when they are low, or in pursuing a promotion, new job or a raise.

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Yellow Earrings, Sterling Silver Handmade Dangle Jewelry

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Here you can find my latest earrings: yellow jade gemstones wire wrapped in sterling silver. For more detailed description over these statement yellow jade earrings, click on the link here which will bring you to my Etsy shop.

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