Types of Jewelry
Pearls have been a source of fascination for centuries. They have been considered the most magical and feminine of all gems and are the only one created by a living organism. Pearls emanate a certain warmth and glow not found in other gems, due to their unique beginnings.
Pearls have been prized for their beauty and rarity for more than four thousand years. From ancient China, India, and Egypt, to Imperial Rome, the Arab world, and Native American tribes, cultures around the world and throughout recorded history have valued these unique, biologically based gemstones much longer than any other gem.
Pearls are the birthstone for June, and also the anniversary gem for the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries. Recognized as the emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, pearls have also come to symbolize a happy marriage.
Rubies and Sapphires
Objects of desire… Emissaries of intrigue.
Vividly colored gemstones have been highly prized since ancient times. Throughout the years, many believed the gemstones possessed magical powers. Even today, they are collected and coveted.
Colored jewels do so much more than adorn. They elicit emotional responses. People are drawn to their intrinsic beauty, their traditions and their unique ability to enhance the wearer.
Rare, versatile and highly desirable, gold makes beautiful jewelry of all kinds. However, pure gold is too soft to be used by itself in jewelry, so it must be combined with an alloy (base metal). At ShaneCo.com, you’ll only find gold jewelry of 14k and above. That’s because 10k gold jewelry contains less than 50% actual gold – too little to meet our standards for quality.
The diamond is a true marvel of nature. Magical. Mysterious. Universally treasured. And no two are exactly alike. Yet choosing a diamond you’ll both love is not so mysterious – when you understand the characteristics that distinguish one gem from another.
Any explanation of a diamond’s beauty and value centers on one unit of measure: carat weight, and three key quality factors: color, clarity and cut. Collectively these are known as The Four Cs