Jewelry and Precious Stones

  • How to Tell If Gems Are Real
    With gemstone prices on the rise, more collectors and consumers are hesitant when making their purchases for fear of false stones The first inquiry collectors and consumers ...
  • What Is Rosin-Core Solder?
    Rosin-core solder combines a metal alloy with a pitch-like organic compound; together, the substances melt easily and adhere well to copper and other metals, creating a ...
  • How to Identify Raw Jade
    Jade, an ornamental stone, comes from two different types of metamorphic rock: nephrite and jadeite Nephrite typically yields green jade, although a creamy white form is also ...
  • How to Find Agates in Michigan
    Agate is a semi-precious gemstone valued by collectors for its rich colors, banding patterns and reflective qualities This hard rock forms when liquid quartz fills an empty ...
  • How to Cut Quartz Crystal
    Quartz crystal is crystallized silicon dioxide (SiO2) Quartz crystals are quite hard, around 7 on the Mohs scale, just under diamond which, along with concerns such as ...
  • How to Identify a Waltham Pocket Watch
    Waltham pocket watches have been around for more than 150 years and are a collector's item They were made between 1851 and 1957 in Waltham, Massachusetts. Like any other ...
  • How to Build Your Own Mechanical Watch
    Building a mechanical watch can be a satisfying project that will result in a unique timepiece to wear The job, however, requires skill with precision tools and experience in ...
  • How to Determine the Value of Hamilton Vintage Pocket Watches
    If you're lucky enough to have procured a Hamilton pocket watch, you know that the timepiece in your possession is more than just something that tells you hours, minutes and ...
  • Reasons Watches Stop Working
    Wrist watches are a common fashion accessory for both men and women However, watches often stop working for unexplainable reasons. At least the reasons appear to be ...
  • How to Identify a Geode
    Geodes are one of the exciting secrets of nature: a round rock that looks ordinary until it is split open to reveal beautiful quartz crystals in a cavity within Because ...
  • How to Test Gold With Vinegar
    If you've ever wondered whether a gold piece is real gold or some other type of metal, you can find out without taking it to a jeweler or pawn shop Using equipment and ...
  • How Kinetic Watches Work
    Kinetic, or hybrid automatic/quartz watches, are timepieces that require neither winding nor battery replacement Instead, these watches manufacture their own electricity from ...
  • How to Tell If a Swiss Army Watch Is Fake
    Victorinox Swiss Army watches are popular, high-quality timepieces Like many other Swiss-made products (knives, trains, etc.), they are precision-made, dependable and ...
  • How to Find Gold in a Creek
    Gold prospecting is an interesting and potentially profitable pastime for many people Those involved in gold prospecting often search in streams and creeks where gold, washed ...
  • A List of Scrap Metal Items
    Most homes, businesses, manufacturing facilities and farms have items that constitute scrap metal With a little research, you should be able to find companies in your area ...
  • What is a Geode?
    A geode is a rock with a special surprise inside From the exterior, a geode appears to be a boring round-shaped rock with little to capture one's attention. If a rock like ...
  • Places to Pan for Gold in Missouri
    With gold's increase in value in recent years, many hopeful prospectors and gold panning enthusiasts search for new areas around the country where they may be able to find ...
  • Wittnauer Watch Identification
    Identifying a Wittnauer watch is not difficult A visual inspection of the dial and the movement--the spring-loaded mechanism that runs and regulates the timepiece—will ...
  • How to Tell If a Metal Is Gold or Brass
    Gold has historically been considered a precious metal, and one of its primary uses has been to make jewelry and decorative objects Brass can have a similar look to gold, but ...
  • How to Search a Creek Bed for Indian Arrowheads
    Archeological artifacts are fascinating legacies from past cultures that can teach us about the practices and lifestyles of vanished peoples Although the term usually brings ...
  • How to Identify Sites Where I May Legally Pan for Gold in Colorado
    Gold panning locations in Colorado are easily identifiable They are well documented and information about these locations are available to prospectors. The federal ...
  • How to Replace a Watch Face
    A watch face, commonly known as a dial, on a wrist or pocket watch can be replaced with the proper tools, although replacing it requires knowledge of the watch’s ...
  • List of Dark Blue Stones
    Dark blue stones are among the most rare and expensive stones in the world Deep blue hues have cultural connotations and attributes ranging from trust and loyalty to wisdom, ...
  • How to Distinguish Copper From Brass
    Copper and its alloys have been around for centuries Brass is an alloy made from copper and zinc, which is why it can be difficult to distinguish copper from brass. Luckily ...
  • The Best Places in the U.S. to Pan for Gold
    Long before the Gold Rush drew millionaire hopefuls to Sacramento in 1849, a strip of gold-enriched land between Washington, DC, and Montgomery, AL, was the main source of ...
  • Gems Found in Alabama
    Webster's defines a gem "as any jewel, whether stone, pearl or the like, having value and beauty that are intrinsic and not derived from its setting; a precious or .. ...
  • How Is Quartz Formed?
    The chemical formula for quartz is SiO2, also known as silicon dioxide The earth contains a large amount of silicon dioxide, since it is more common in the earth's crust than ...
  • Where Can Geodes Be Found?
    Geodes are egg-shaped stones that have a hollow cavity in the center When the hollow cavity is completely filled with crystals, it is called a nodule. Most geodes remain ...
  • How to Spot Areas to Pan for Gold
    Gold maintains its value, making the search for raw gold well worth the effort for hobby gold-seekers The general rule in finding gold is this: Where it was found before it ...
  • How to Find Quartz Stones
    Quartz stone can be found in most geographical areas of the world Quartz is located on the earth’s crust and forms in cracks of sandstone, granite and other types of ...