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Sterling Silver Twist Hoops by Arpaia Jewelry

Sterling silver hoop earrings are timeless classics. The subtle curvature and premium dual finish of ice frost matte exterior with high mirror polish interior elevate this stunning pair of hoops by Arpaia Jewelry. Highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Optimal rhodium plated for beautiful wear and longevity. 40% OFF discount code HAPPY applies to online orders placed today and tomorrow only (7/30/15 – 7/31/15). Purchase qualifies for regular FREE SHIPPING within continental US. A very small production run, so quantities are extremely limited. To order, simply click on above image or this sentence and enter discount code HAPPY at checkout.

Shopping for Gemstone Jewelry? Knowledge is Key!

Dancing Slipper Petal Plush Pearl Pendant by Arpaia Jewelry on Italian Vermeil Chain
“Dancing Slipper” handcrafted pendant by Kimberly Arpaia. Petal Plush Pearls Collection by Arpaia Jewelry. Natural color cultured freshwater pearl with handmade dichroic glass and Swarovski crystal on 36″ Italian chain.

Today, gemstone treatments are prevalent. It is estimated that up to 95% of all ruby, sapphire, emerald, and tanzanite used in jewelry are treated.

Common gemstone treatments include heating, irradiation, dyeing, bleaching, impregnation, fracture filling, lattice diffusion, laser drilling, high pressure high temperature (HPHT), and surface modification.

These treatments and others are responsible for bringing many desirable gems to market, and in fact, are often necessary to meet the demand for some popular gems.

All known and suspected gemstone treatments must be disclosed at time of sale.

It is vital that consumers have this information in order to make informed purchases, and also to understand how treatments might affect wear, repair, and care.

Unfortunately, some retailers are not knowledgable about gemstone treatments or simply fail to disclose.

As a result, jewelry shoppers are best served by being aware of common gemstone treatments, at least enough to know what questions to ask before completing a sale.

In addition to understanding the differences between natural and treated gems, it is interesting and useful to know about synthetics and simulants (imitations).

All of these topics are covered in the Arpaia Jewelry Newsletter: Good Stuff to Know when Shopping for Gemstone Jewelry: A Friendly Primer on Gemstone Treatments, Synthetics, and Imitations. Just click this link!