• What Is A STAR Sapphire? | Gem Asterism
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    What Is A STAR Sapphire? | Gem Asterism

    (bright music) – This is Jill Maurer with “Your Jewelry Minute” and today I’m answering the question, what is a star sapphire? A star sapphire, this occurs sometimes when we cut a sapphire into a cabochon. This is where it’s flat on the bottom and just polished on the top so there aren’t facets. And, sometimes, a sapphire will exhibit an asterism, which we call a star and it looks like a star of light in the sapphire. And when you move the sapphire, the star will follow the light. Sapphires have even been known to display a double asterism or a double star. It’s a very interesting look. Two…

  • What is RUBELLITE? | Rubellite Tourmaline
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    What is RUBELLITE? | Rubellite Tourmaline

    (playful music) – This is Jill Maurer with Your Jewelry Minute. And today I’m answering the question, what is rubellite? Some people think that rubellite isn’t real because it kind of sounds like a fake ruby. And it does get its name because it looks a lot like a ruby. But a rubellite is a natural stone. It is a tourmaline in the pink or red color family. And it can very much be confused for a ruby. In fact, there are a lot of famous, ancient pieces that were thought to have a ruby in them that turned out to be rubellite. They turned out to be pink or…

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    LilySilk Review Haul and Try On | Affordable Luxury

    (light music) – Hello and welcome, you are here with me, jewelry designer Jill Maurer. You may know that I talk about jewelry a lot on this channel, but today I’m sharing with you my LilySilk haul. The first thing I wanna let you know is I am not sponsored by LilySilk in any way, they have no idea I’m making this video. I ordered this all on my own and paid with my own money. I first became aware of LilySilk when I was looking for a nightcap, a silk nightcap to sleep in. And I looked on Amazon and a lot of the reviews said that they were…

  • What is a Doublet Gem? | Doublet Opal
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    What is a Doublet Gem? | Doublet Opal

    (upbeat music) – This is Jill Maurer with Your Jewelry Minute, and today I’m answering the question, what is a doublet? And a doublet is an assembled stone. It’s when two pieces are glued together. And they can be two natural pieces, like maybe when onyx and opal are glued together, or it could be that one is natural and one is manmade, so it could be, say, turquoise glued onto glass. Now, why is the reason that we would want to create a doublet? There are three main reasons. The first is to add strength. If you have just a sliver of opal, it’s a beautiful stone, it has…

  • What is Jewelry Casting? | Lost Wax Casting
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    What is Jewelry Casting? | Lost Wax Casting

    (upbeat music) – This is Jill Maurer with Your Jewelry Minute, and today I’m answering the question, what is cast jewelry? Casting is a very ancient art form. It dates back 6,000 years, so we’ve been doing this for a long time, and the way casting works is that you carve a piece of wax into the shape of the jewelry that you would like, and then we take that little piece of wax and we make a mold from it, and it can be a silicone mold or rubber mold, and oftentimes, you’ll hear it called lost wax casting and the reason is, in the process of making that…

  • Large Stampede Necklace vs Avalanche Necklace | Lascaux Jewelry
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    Large Stampede Necklace vs Avalanche Necklace | Lascaux Jewelry

    (bright music) – Hello and welcome! You are here with me, jewelry designer Jill Maurer. And today I am doing a video that you requested, or at least several of you requested, and that is to show the difference between my Large Stampede necklace and my Avalanche necklace. They do look similar on the website and I understand the confusion. So let me show you the differences now. This is the Large Stampede necklace. I happen to have another one right here that I will show you. First, here is the clasp. This is in sterling silver, and you just take it on and off that way. Every once in…

  • What is PARURE
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    What is PARURE

    (pleasant music) – This is Jill Maurer with Your Jewelry Minute, and today, I’m answering the question, what is a parure or a demi-parure? A parure comes from the French word meaning to adorn. Today, we call a parure any three pieces, three or more pieces of jewelry, that are meant to be worn together. And we’ll call it a demi-parure if it’s two pieces of jewelry that are meant to be worn together. Originally, there probably would’ve been a lot more pieces. When jewelry was made for royalty, it was made in these sets called parures, and even after it became legal for regular people to wear jewelry, it…

  • What Is Green Gold | Electrum
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    What Is Green Gold | Electrum

    – You’ve heard of white gold. You’ve even heard of rose gold. But have you heard of green gold? (upbeat music) Green gold, what is that? It does sound a little bit odd. Green gold is the combination of gold, which occurs in nature, it’s yellow, and silver. When gold and silver are combined, mostly gold with a little bit of silver, you get a green gold. And the gold isn’t exactly, it’s not a bright green, but it is a greenish gold. And you especially see that it’s green when you compare it with regular gold, yellow gold, or when you compare it with white gold or rose gold.…

  • Which HAND Does a Wedding Ring Go On | Wedding Ring Finger
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    Which HAND Does a Wedding Ring Go On | Wedding Ring Finger

    (light, perky music) – This is Jill Maurer with Your Jewelry Minute and today I’m answering the question, which finger does my wedding ring go on? The answer is, it depends. It depends mostly on where you live. In the United States, we put the wedding ring on the left hand, the fourth finger of the left hand. But there are a lot of countries who put the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the right hand. This includes Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Russia, a lot of countries have the wedding ring on the right hand on the fourth finger. There are some places where you put your ring…

  • What is Micro Mosaic Jewelry | Tesserae
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    What is Micro Mosaic Jewelry | Tesserae

    (upbeat music) – This is Jill Maurer with Your Jewelry Minute, and today I’m answering the question, what is micromosaic? A mosaic is a piece of art that is made up of little pieces of hard fragments. They can be made from stone or tile or glass. Micromosaic is the same thing, just on a very small scale. They’re made up of little pieces, it could be glass or enamel, and these little pieces are called tesserae. And the GIA has said that there can be as many as 1,400 pieces per square inch in a micromosaic, so they can be very small and very fine. The overall effect can…