Jewellery is no longer the domain of women only
The entire trend gives enough reason to the jewelry. Men have largely come to accept and recognize jewelry a symbol of class and style. And it will taste, not just remaining as the exclusive domain of the rich and famous. Fashion industry is ready to invest substantive resources in the men's jewellery lines. By the look of it, in a few years time, it is quite possible that men's jewellery will be available to suit all types of budgets.
In addition, where earlier gold was almost the only choice, nowadays platinum, diamonds and even stones rule the rooster. The likes of exclusive platinum or combination of metals, diamond encrusted rings and earrings dominate the scene, though smaller trinkets also appear in the picture. The exclusive men's' jewelry showrooms have mushroomed in the last few years, catering to the growing need of the contemporary generation. Urban men, who like to appear trendy, are also taking to the ornaments to add a hip look to their appearances.
How Durable is My Gemstone Jewellery?
First of all a note about the hardness and therefore relative durability of gemstones. To measure hardness, the jewellery industry uses the Mohs scale. This gem-trade standard, conceived by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, measures the ability of a gem or mineral to resist abrasion damage.
Diamond at 10 is the hardest whereas talc at 1 is the softest. Popular gemstones like amethyst and citrine register 7 whereas rubies and sapphires register 9. Most of us come off the beach on the first day with the 3 sís all achieved - rings caked in sand, sea-salt and suntan lotion. Nude sunbathing, as far as silver and gold jewellery is concerned, is a must! Remember also that sand will scratch the surface of precious metals.
Engagement rings would be placed on the left ring-finger
An engagement ceremony would be celebrated with an established rite after families reached a marriage agreement for their children. During the ceremony engagement rings would be exchanged between boy and girl. The Romans used an ancient clasped hand design for betrothal rings.
Some antique engagement rings were made with a delicate designs using turquoise. And which is symbolized the forget-me-not flower. This "fede" or "trust" ring remained popular for centuries and is still used in jewellery. Gemstones in antique engagement rings were expensive luxuries as trade with the Middle East and Asia had not yet allowed for the flow of imported stones. In accordance to an Egyptian belief the engagement ring would be placed on the left ring-finger. They believe that very fine vein ran directly to the heart from the left finger.