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By default, the available module positions are offcanvas-a and offcanvas-b but you can add as many module positions as you want from the Layout Manager.

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Gem by Gem

Rose Quartz

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Citrine

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Sapphire

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Opal

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Tourmaline

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Lapis Lazuli

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Now that you have a gem, make sure the jewelry is worthy.

Judging the Quality of the Setting

Now that you have found the perfect gem, all you need to do is make sure it is displayed well and held securely in place.

To judge the quality of the jewelry setting, pay close attention to details. Is the metal holding the stone even and smoothly finished so it won't catch on clothing? Is the stone held firmly and square in the setting? Is the metal well polished with no little burrs of metal or pockmarks?

Inexpensive jewelry often is very lightweight to give you a bigger look for the money. If a piece is lightweight, pay special attention to the prongs holding the stone: are they sturdy? Do they grip the stone tightly? You won't be happy about the money you saved in gold cost if you lose your stone!

Tips and Tricks

If the piece is gold, does it have a hallmark? Is the company trademark stamped next to it? If it is, the company is standing behind that mark and assuring you that the karatage is as stated.

When buying a necklace, make sure it lays well around the neck. Try it on or ask a salesclerk to model it so you can check how it fits against the skin. For earrings, check to make sure that they hang well from the ear and don't tip forward. Designs that are asymmetrical should have a left and right which mirror each other.

Here is one final hint from real jewelry buying pros: if a piece of jewelry is really well made, the back will be well finished also.

If you are buying a gift and you are not sure about the style of the piece of jewelry, why not give the perfect gemstone in a black velvet pouch and let the lucky recipient design her own perfect setting: many jewelers offer custom design services. Gems can speak louder than words. You can choose a gemstone that symbolizes what you want to say with your gift.

 

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