CARRERA Y CARRERA: LOVE AND MORE LOVE

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This love collection is just perfect if you love the symbol itself. Love is a virtue, love is what makes the world go round. And honestly, I believe that love is the most important thing. Not only is this a perfect gift for yourself, if you value love and like to declare it with jewelry, but it really also makes the perfect gift. For your love.

Carrera Y Carrera is one of the most famous jewelry companies that has a worldwide succes. Their collections are much appreciated for their craftsmanship and their very typical matte-shine effect.Carrera Y Carrera brought a new collection on the market. And it’s all about love. Love in letters…love in classical symbols. Check it as you might just discover the perfect (Christmas) gift!

GUIDE TO MARQUISE DIAMONDS

THE ORIGINS OF THE MARQUISE CUT

Marquisse Cut Diamond

Despite its relative lack of use compared to more popular modern cuts, the marquise has been around a long time. Unusually, though, for diamond cut types, it isn’t named for any actual corresponding shape. Back in the 18th century, King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweler to design a new cut. Louis wanted the cut to resemble the lips of his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. Over time, the resulting cut evolved into what we now know as the marquise.

The name, itself, comes from the name of the hereditary rank between count and duke. Men would wear stones using the new cut, to display their rank at court. The name marquise soon became the accepted term for the hitherto nameless gemstone cut.

THE PROS OF THE MARQUISE CUT

The modern (post c1960) marquise cut is different to the original 18th version. Now, the cut is actually a version of the round brilliant cut. It has 58 facets in the same configuration of the round brilliant. This means that the standard of modern examples is usually excellent.

The elongated shape of the marquise lends itself well to making fingers look slimmer and longer. It also means the stone can look bigger than its stated carat weight, in comparison to different cuts of the same weight.

THE CONS OF THE MARQUISE CUT

We all know that diamond is the hardest natural mineral we know. What many find surprising is that it is also quite brittle. With any cut diamond, if you hit it just in the right/wrong spot, or at the right angle, there is a real risk of the stone chipping. Even worse, it may split or shatter altogether. The long nature of the marquise exposes the pointed ends far more than normal. Even just a sharp tap on the point risks serious damage.

Because of the 58 facet nature of the modern marquise, light is used differently by the diamond. If the cut isn’t done with enough care, what is called the bow-tie effect comes in. When viewed from above, almost all marquise diamonds display some darkening around the center point. This creates an effect similar to a bow-tie. A slightly deeper pavilion may reduce the effect, but few marquise cuts escape the phenomenon altogether.

GUIDE TO BUY NECKLACE CHAIN STYLES

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The different types of necklace chain styles are based on the same principle of links being connected together to make a long, continuous piece.The links can be processed using various treatment methods, however, to produce a variety of results. Treatment methods make each of the different types of necklace chain styles distinctly different from each other.

This method will change the shape of an individual link so that it will look completely different from its original form. Dies, templates, and tools are used to swage a link. The result is a dramatically different link from the original.Classic chain styles have been around for thousands of years, and are the most versatile of all the types of necklace chain styles. So, what are the different types of classic chains?

An anchor chain is similar to a flattened curb chain, but each link is reinforced with a vertical bar running through it.

The anchor chain style is very popular due to its strength, durability, and versatility. The chainlooks beautiful with small links, but larger links make for a stunning statement piece.

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When it comes to clothing and jewelry, what’s available is often dictated by what’s in fashion. But necklaces are different – you can tailor the different types of necklace chain styles to suit your taste.If your tendency is toward the traditional, you can easily find a chain you’ll love as, when it comes to the different chains, there are many variations on classic designs.If you prefer a more modern (a design style), or contemporary (what’s hot right now) look, however, then there are plenty of different types of necklace chain styles to choose from.And if you want to choose a variety of styles depending on your outfit, you’ll find those here, too. We’ve sorted our guide by classic, modern and contemporary designs, so you can find what you’re looking for in a cinch.