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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Sterling Silver and its Many Uses

by Bonaci Fine Jewelers
Sterling Silver and its Many Uses As a soft, white, lustrous metal, silver has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. It is often used to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware, utensils (“silverware”), and currency coins .The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. However, most silver is produced as a by-product of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.

Jewelry and silverware are traditionally made from sterling silver (standard silver), an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. In the US, only an alloy consisting of at least 92.5% fine silver can be marketed as "silver": (stamped 925). Sterling silver is harder than pure silver, and has a lower melting point (893 °C) than either pure silver or pure copper.

Sterling Silver and its Many Uses Since silver is much cheaper than gold, though still valuable, it’s very popular with jewelers. Silver is perfect for those businessmen and tradesmen who are just starting out and cannot afford to make pieces in gold, or as a practicing material for goldsmith apprentices. In recent hard economic times, silver has also become very popular for being an attractive and affordable alternative to white gold and platinum. More and more fine jewelry designers are offering Silver lines as the demand for this versatile metal grows.

Originally, silversmiths mostly made “silverware” such a table flatware, bowls, candlesticks, etc. Given the rising popularity of Silver jewelry, however, silversmithing has become mainly work in the jewelry industry. Sterling silver jewelry is often plated with a thin coat of .999 fine silver to give the piece a shiny finish. This process is called "flashing". Plating can also be done with rhodium (for a bright, shiny look) or gold.

Stop in and visit Bonaci Jewelers of Kent, Washington today and ask our friendly, knowledgeable sales associates to show you our fine selection of Sterling Silver Jewelry.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Opal's Rich History

by Bonaci Fine Jewelers
Opals Rich History Thousands of years ago, Pliny the Elder, an Ancient Roman historian, described opals as “made up of the glories of the most precious gems...the gentler fire of the ruby...the rich purple of the amethyst and the sea-green of the emerald.” This description is due to what jewelers now refer to as opal's play of color, in which combinations of colors, such as red and black, red and green, white and blue, or green and blue, flash from the precious gem. Along with Pliny, many other notable figures loved opal's unique and stunning beauty.

Opals Rich History Legend states that Cleopatra loved her opals and even kept a room decorated from wall to wall with opals. She was never without opal jewelry. Supposedly she was wearing an entire set of opal, an opal necklace, opal rings, and opal earrings, the night she seduced Mark Antony. Some say that it is because of these mesmerizing gems that Mark Antony fell for her.

The British Royal family also loved their opal jewelry. Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II often wore opal necklaces. And both were known to give opal jewelry as gifts, both to family and favorite royal subjects.

Of course, opal jewelry is no longer restricted to rulers and royalty. Now opal is October's birthstone, which means opal jewelry is the perfect gift for any loved one born in October. Drop by our store any time this month and someone from our staff can find the opal jewelry that is just right for you or for that special someone.

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