WigJig Jewelry Tools Present our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
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Birthstone for April: The birthstone for April is the diamond. Diamonds are not only the hardest naturally occurring material, but they are one of the best materials at conducting heat. A diamond is even better than silver, which is the metal that this the best at conducting heat. This is the property that jewelers frequently use to differentiate a diamond from a cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia, even though they appear very similar to a diamond, are actually a very poor conductor of heat, or stated another way that are an insulator with respect to heat. Some jeweler's have a pen like piece of test equipment that measures the conductivity of heat and they use this test equipment to differentiate between diamonds and cubic zirconia. This month we have our package of two 10mm man-made, round white or clear cubic zirconia gemstones on sale for 20% off. Please select here for more information on diamonds.
Gemstones: Over much of the past year, the price of natural, uncut gemstones was rising very rapidly. At one point in time, some jewelers were commenting that the value of uncut stones was rising so fast, that it did not pay to have the stones cut. One could purchase an uncut stone and in a few months sell the uncut stone for more than it would bring after being cut. Please note that this is a temporary phenomena and was very much brought about because of the decline in the value of the dollar relative to other currencies. Please note that we believe that natural gemstones are not going to increase in value as significantly in the future. We believe that the fact that man-made gemstones like diamonds, rubies and sapphires are chemically identical to the mined gemstones and that the quality of the man-made stones in clarity and color is far superior to the natural gemstones means that over time, people will not be willing to pay the premium required by natural gemstones.
This past week, we received 27 natural, mined grade AAA aquamarine 6mm round gemstones from a vendor from India. The stones were relatively expensive because aquamarine is not as available as more common minerals like garnet and peridot. The stones have good cut, and clarity, but unfortunately, the color is unacceptable. These natural aquamarine gemstones are so lightly colored that they are almost clear. Our normal pricing for these stones would mean that we would have to sell the 6mm round aquamarines for $48 per pair, when we can sell better quality man-made aquamarines for $7.99 a pair. At present, we do not intend to sell the natural aquamarine stones for the simple reason that we don't think that our customers would be happy with the product.
Now, I will finally get to the point. At this time, some people do have a preference for higher priced, lower quality natural gemstones. We do believe that this preference is limited. We don't believe that people would pay $48 for natural aquamarines that look like the ones at left when they could pay $7.99 for the man-made aquamarines at right. Over the next 20 years, we believe that man-made gemstones will gain much greater acceptance and as they do, the prices for natural gemstones won't continue to rise at the same rate. The bottom line is don't buy a natural gemstone as an investment. In 20 years, its value probably won't keep pace with inflation. (If anyone wants to purchase some natural, mined aquamarine that is more clear than aqua in color, please send us an e-mail.)
New Jewelry Making Tool Item:
We have one new item in our store since our last newsletter. The new item is our gemstone setting pliers. These pliers are made to set our bling gemstones into all types of setting and do a great job of allowing anyone to set gemstonesmore professionally and faster. At right you can view a small picture of the side view of the jaws of these pliers. At left, you can view an enlarged view. The way these pliers work is that the smaller, shorter jaw has a groove it it. One of the prongs in your gemstone setting is aligned with this grove. Then the longer jaw of the pliers is used to bend the tip of the opposite prong in so that it holds the gemstone in the setting. These pliers work with gemstones up to 12mm in size and are excellent for helping with setting these larger, more difficult to set stones. In our next newsletter, we will provide some pictures showing how to use these pliers.
We also have a couple of items back in stock after being out of stock for a while. Our natural,mined from the earth garnet and peridot gemstones in the 6mm size are back in stock now. When we last had these stones in stock, they were very popular and sold out within about a month. We plan on carrying these products permanently, but our supplies are limited and we do anticipate that we will sell out again, before we have more in stock. To view these items in our Internet store, please select either picture.