How can I lean to tell the difference between cubic zirconia, diamond, and other stones? According to my internet research, cubic zirconia has more "dispersiveness" and "fire" than diamond, but diamonds have more "brilliance" than cubic zirconia. Can I train my eye to tell the stones apart with those properties? What does the "brilliance" look like, and how does that differ from "dispersiveness" and "fire"? Any other tips for differentiating stones used in jewelry would also be welcome. For example, if you have tips related to rubies, emeralds, or pearls, please share!
I'm interested in using a Ruby CMS as a substitute for the usual Wordpress or Drupal. Although I know my way around Rails, I am not sure whether there might be a good off-the-shelf way to make the control panel as easy to use for regular folks who are not programmers. [more inside]
I'm looking for information on the supposed metaphysical bond created between two people wearing Herkimer Diamond gemstones. [more inside]
I discovered Crystal deodorant a few months ago. I had tried literally every other unscented deodorant on the market and could not find one that held up all day. It turns out that the damned rock you rub on your pits is the greatest deodorant ever, and it had been on the shelf the whole time. What other miracle products are sitting on the shelves at the market, unnoticed as I pass them by in favor of products that are more well known or have bigger advertising budgets?
I want to buy some craft beads for a friend in the USA (I'm in the UK), but don't know the exact type of beads she uses, or where's best to buy them from, and I don't want to ask her directly as it's a surprise. [more inside]
My mother has been buying gemstones and other jewelry on the Home Shopping Network, about $3000-4000 worth over the last two years. This is money she can't afford, and by her own admission it's a compulsive habit. However, she insists the gems are a good deal because they're so beautiful and "you can't even find them in department stores". I don't know anything about HSN or gemstones, but I'm assuming this stuff is nearly worthless junk, and I'm looking for information to back that up to convince her to at least quit HSN. Please help. [more inside]
What do I do with these amethysts? [more inside]
Mom's birthday filter: Mom is suddenly all about beading and gems and rocks. Any ideas for a cool, "every-rock-necklace-making-beading-enthusiast-should-have-this-___" present? [more inside]
What and where are the collections of the worlds best treasure troves? [more inside]
Are there any gemstones/crystals that are traditionally tied to increasing fertility? [more inside]
I just moved to Verdun, (Montreal), Quebec. Any current or former inhabitants have any hidden gems they can share? [more inside]
Where are good places to hunt for gems in the USA? Opals are a current interest, but I'm flexible. [more inside]
A friend inherited a bunch of cut precious and semiprecious gemstones (peridot, amethyst, sunstone, maybe some others) and wants to know how to sell them. This is in the Seattle area. Do we get them appraised? How does that work? Who buys precious gems nowadays?
Please help my sister and me liberate ourselves (in a wise way) from a bitter, albeit shiny, inheritance [more inside]
Jewelry design? Suppose, for the sake of conversation, I'd like to know about key designers and what makes for "good" jewelry. [more inside]
I recently purchased some loose gems and now I would like to make them into jewelry. How much does this kind of thing usually cost? Will just any jeweler do this or do I need to find a specific type of jeweler? Do I need to insure them before bringing them to the Jeweler? I'm not really into the bling, so this is all new to me.