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Jewelry - Jewelers
All the listings on the right are all of jewelers. If they also are Jewelry Designers, Jewelry Buyers or do Jewelry Repair or Jewelry Appraisal it is designated after the company name.
Jewelry (also spelled Jewelry, is a personal ornament, such as a necklace, ring, or bracelet, made from jewels, precious metals or other substance.
Jewelry is made out of almost every material known and has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings and many more types of Jewelry. While high-quality is made with gemstones and precious metals, there is also a growing demand for Art jewelry where design and creativity is prized above material value. In addition there is the less-costly costume Jewelry is made from less-valuable materials and is mass-produced. New variations include wire sculpture (wrap) Jewelry, using anything from base metal wire with rock tumbled stone to precious metals and precious gemstones.
In creating jewelry, gemstones, coins, or other precious items are often used, and they are typically set into precious metals. Alloys of nearly every metal known have been encountered in jewelry -- bronze, for example, was common in Roman times. Modern jewelry usually includes gold, white gold, platinum, palladium, or silver. Most American and European gold jewelry is made of an alloy of gold, the purity of which is stated in karats, indicated by a number followed by the letter K. American gold jewelry must be of at least 10K purity (41.7% pure gold), (though in England the number is 9K and is typically found up to 18K (75% pure gold). Higher purity levels are less common with alloys at 22 K (91.6% pure gold), and 24 K (99.9% pure gold) being considered too soft for jewelry use in America and Europe.
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