jewelry. Monday , September 18th , 2017 - 04:02:53 AM
Call it ignorance or deception, but people out there feel that Heishi shells are the same as Puka shells. Heishi shells are those that are smoothed and ground flat with circular edges. A hole is manually punched for the string to fit in. These shells are polished with leather belts and are available in rainbow colors. On the other hand, Puka shells are only available in white and beige shades. You should beware of sellers selling Heishi and clam shells as Puka shells.
The Hamesh hand or Hamsa hand is a popular motif in Jewish jewelry. Arab cultures often refer to it as the Hand of Fatima, which represents the Hand of G-d. The Hamsa serves as an ancient talismanic way of averting the evil eye and providing a "protecting hand" or "Hand of God". The Hamsa appears often in stylized form, as a hand with three fingers raised, and sometimes with two thumbs arranged symmetrically. The symbol is used in amulets, charms, jewelry, door entrances, cars, and other places to ward the evil eye.
Vermeil, pronounced 'ver may', is a type of jewelry, wherein silver is plated with gold. It contains gold plating over 925 sterling silver. The number 925 indicates that one piece contains 925 on thousand parts of silver. In terms of percentage, it can be expressed as 92.5%. Gold coating over sterling silver gives this jewelry a yellowish color. Hence, it is sometimes referred to as yellow gold. The age-old process of gilding gold over silver at high temperatures for manufacturing this jewelry was discontinued mainly because mercury used in the process caused blindness in the craftsmen. Hence, electrolysis, which is a much safer process, is now used to produce this jewelry.
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