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What Is A Tennis Bracelet?

Double tennis bracelet on wrist

There is no denying the beauty of a tennis bracelet. They are one of the most popular styles of bracelets that you can find and with good reason. Tennis bracelets are characterised by a line of diamonds or gemstones that are closely knit together and connected by a precious metal chain. Due to the sheer number of gemstones in a tennis bracelet, they are an extremely effective option for a summer piece of jewellery as the sunlight can reflect the gemstones and really make them sparkle. This is especially true for diamond or cubic zirconia tennis bracelets. 

The name tennis bracelet actually comes from an American professional tennis player named Chris Evert, when her diamond bracelet was broken and came off during a match and she stopped playing until the bracelet was recovered. Before this these bracelets were often known as diamond line bracelets or eternity bracelets. Even today many prominent tennis players can still be seen wearing these bracelets while playing. 

Tennis bracelets can be found in a wide variety of different styles and shapes. From the type of gemstone setting used, the cut and size of gemstone used, to the type of clasp. Many jewellers add their own style and flare to the design of tennis bracelets. Today we are going to have a look at the different types of settings you will most commonly find in tennis bracelets…

Channel set:

Sterling silver & cz, channel set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop
Sterling silver & cz channel set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop

A channel set tennis bracelet holds the gemstones in place with two thin strips of precious metal on the top and bottom of the bracelet. This style of bracelet is often more sturdy but less flexible than other settings used in tennis bracelets.

Prong set:

Sterling silver & cz prong set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop
Sterling silver & cz prong set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop

Prong set tennis bracelets keep each gemstone in place with 3 or four prongs that hold the stone and each setting is connected by a precious metal chain. This type of setting allows for excellent light reflection of the stone which can make them much more radiant.

Bezel set:

Sterling Silver & cz bezel set tennis bracelet
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Tennis bracelets that use a bezel setting keep the gemstone in place by surrounding the stone on the outside, only exposing the crown of the gemstone. This type of setting can also be found in half bezel settings which means that the metal only surrounds two sides of the gemstone to allow for slightly better light reflection.

Take a look through our own collection of tennis bracelets that we have on offer at Argemti and see if you can pick out the different settings used in our bracelets. 

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7 Different Cuts of Gemstone

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When wearing gemstone jewellery as a statement piece, your jewellery is often characterised by the cut of gemstone used in the piece. There are many different cuts used in jewellery with some more popular and widely used than others. Today we look at 7 different cuts of gemstone that you may have seen or even wear yourself. But before we do it is important to know the basic ins and outs of gemstones that are used in jewellery…

When gemstones are mined, they are rough in both the surface and the shape. These rough gemstones are cut into shape by gem cutters, ready to be set into a piece of jewellery. There are two main types of gemstone cutting which are faceted and non-faceted. Faceted gemstones have flat sides and are geometrically shaped. These are the most commonly found type of gemstone found in jewellery nowadays as they are brilliant at reflecting light to give gemstones an added sparkle. Faceted gemstones usually have a table, crown, girdle, pavilion and culet as pictured below. 

Gemstone Facet Diagram

Non-faceted gemstones are gemstones that do not have the same flat sides as faceted gemstones and are usually just cut into shape or rounded like cabochons. 

Now that we know a little more about faceted and non-faceted gemstones, let’s have a quick look at 7 different gemstone cuts and their features…

Round Cut

sterling silver round blue cz stud earrings
Round cut blue cubic zirconia stud earrings.

A round cut gemstone, or also known as a round brilliant cut is pretty much self explanatory. It is a gemstone that has a round shape when you look at it from the top (through the table). Round cut gemstones are still the most popular cut of gemstone and are an extremely popular option for engagement rings as the way these cuts are faceted offers ultimate light reflection and sparkle.

Princess Cut

925 silver 5mm square cz studs
Sterling silver square white cubic zirconia stud earrings

A princess cut gemstone has a square shape when looking at it from a birds eye view and is the second most popular cut of gemstone seen in jewellery. Princess cuts have 57 or 76 facets which makes for excellent light reflection to this cut of gemstone truly radiant.

Oval Cut

oval cut gemstone example
An oval lac created opal ring alongside a diagram of an oval cut gemstone

The shape of an oval cut gemstone is exactly what it says on the tin. They are cut into an oval shape, most often in the style of an elongated brilliant cut and can act as a magnificent main feature for both rings and pendants. Most modern cut oval gemstones can have up to 69 facets.

Pear Cut

pear cut gemstone example alongside a diagram of a pear cut gemstone
Sterling silver pear shaped cubic zirconia pendant alongside a diagram of a pear cut gemstone.

The shape of an oval cut gemstone is exactly what it says on the tin. They are cut into an oval shape, most often in the style of an elongated brilliant cut and can act as a magnificent main feature for both rings and pendants. Most modern cut oval gemstones can have up to 69 facets.

Heart Cut

heart cut cubic zirconia stud earrings alongside a diagram of a heart cut gemstone
Heart cut cubic zirconia stud earrings alongside a diagram of a heart cut gemstone.

Heart cuts are a much more modern cut of gemstone that are almost like a Pear shaped cut with a cleft cut out at the top. A symbol of love, heart cut gemstones are fantastic for pendants, earrings and rings. A good heart cut gemstone will be symmetrical on both sides and have a well defined cleft to bring out the gemstones shape. These cuts of gemstone work best with larger gemstones as its shape is not as easily made out with a smaller gemstone.

Emerald Cut

Emerald alongside a diagram of an emerald cut gemstone
An emerald alongside a diagram of an emerald cut gemstone

Emerald cut gemstones are rectangular in shape and a brilliant way to show off the colour and clarity of a gemstone. Despite being named after the emerald gemstone, emerald cuts can come in a wide variety of gemstones. Emerald cut gemstones are characterised by step cuts, which creates a a contrast of light and dark lines which can also be known as a hall of mirrors effect. This cut of gemstone is particularly popular in rings and has been worn as an engagement ring by many prominent figures.

Marquise cut

Sterling silver marquise cut amethyst ribbon pendant alongside a diagram of a marquise cut gemstone
Sterling silver marquise cut amethyst ribbon pendant alongside a diagram of a marquise cut gemstone.

Marquise cuts, also known as navette cuts, are brilliant cut gemstones that are shaped like a long oval cut with points at each end. Just like heart cut gemstones, it is important that marquise cut stones are symmetrical as their shape can make any imperfections easily spotted. This cut of gemstone is an extremely stylish choice for rings but is also highly effective with pendants.

These are just a few of the different cuts of gemstone that you can find in jewellery. Why not take a browse at our collection of beautiful gemstone jewellery and see if you can pick out which cuts of gemstone we have to offer from this list… 

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Six Common Types Of Clasp Used In Jewellery

sterling silver lobster clasp

Six Common Types Of Clasp Used In Jewellery

With bracelets, chains, necklaces and anklets, you want a piece of jewellery that is practical in the way that it is easy to put on and take off. Most of these items of jewellery are fitted with clasps which can come in a variety of different types, with each having its own specific benefits and characteristics. Let’s take a quick look at just six of the different types of clasp fittings that can be found in jewellery.

Lobster Clasp

Lobster Clasp

One of the most popular types of clasp which I’m sure many of you are familiar with is the lobster clasp. A lobster clasp gets its name from the fact that it is almost shaped like a lobster claw. This type of clasp uses a lever which can be pulled down with your fingernail and opened up to allow it to be hooked to a round end cap or round ring. Lobster clasps are among the easiest to use clasps though may not always be for smaller versions if you do not have long fingernails.

Bolt Ring Clasp

Bolt Ring Clasp

Bolt ring clasps, also known as spring Ring clasps, are a very popular and practical selection for thinner necklaces and bracelets and a great alternative to lobster clasps. A bolt ring clasp is made with a hollow ring which uses a springing lever and catch to allow you to hook and attach the other end of your bracelet or necklace easily.

Box Clasp

Box Clasp

Box clasps are often used as a fitting for a tennis bracelet or Cuban link chain and features a small box with an opening for a tab on the other side of the chain/bracelet to slot in and secure. They also usually have a latch on either side of the clasp which is squeezed to attach to the box and give the clasp that extra security.

Toggle Clasp

Toggle Clasp

A toggle clasp is made up of an open ring which is secured by a bar on the other end of the bracelet/chain that threads through the open ring to secure the clasp. This type of clasp is more commonly found in bracelets and is often designed to add style to a piece of jewellery.

Bayonet Clasp

Bayonet Clasp

A bayonet clasp consists of two tubes which attach together by twisting them together. This type of clasp is often very secure and can also feature a small button to release the clasp. Bayonet clasps are relatively easy to use and are most often found on necklaces and bracelets.

Magnetic clasp

Magnetic clasp

Magnetic clasps are quite self explanatory in the way that they use a magnet on each part of the clasp, which attracts one another to lock together. This type of clasp is arguably the least fiddly and easiest clasp to use. The magnets used in this type of clasp are very strong to ensure that the piece of jewellery remains secure, yet can easily be taken apart when pulled making it easy to take the piece of jewellery off.

These are just six of a wide variety of different clasp types. Which of these styles of clasp do you prefer on your jewellery? Or do you prefer a different type of clasp? Don’t be shy to leave a comment and get a discussion going or leave your own point of view!

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What’s Your Birthstone?

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What’s Your Birthstone?

Discover your own birthstone and find out a little bit more about the gemstone that represents your birth month with our quick introduction to birthstones…

Birthstones are a dazzling way to represent your birth month with a fashionable piece of jewellery. Many experts suggest that Birthstones date all the way back to the bible when Moses gave instructions for a special garment to be made for Aaron, the high priest of the Hebrews. 12 precious gemstones were said to have been ordered to be placed on the breast plate of the garment. 

Some cultures believe that these gemstones have special powers and healing abilities which have led to many interesting myths and legends being associated with each birthstone over the years. 

The gemstones that represent each month can cause quite a debate depending on who you ask. However, since the beginning of the 20th century birthstones have been pretty much agreed upon by the majority of jewellers. The National Association of Jewellers released a list of the modern birthstones back in 1912 and even since then, new additions have been added over the years. 

Read on to discover more about the different birthstones of each month and what makes them special… 

January – Garnet

rough garnet on a white background

Garnets are not just one gemstone. The name Garnet actually relates to a group of silicate minerals which have many different varieties. Almandine, andradite, grossular, pyrope, spessartine and uvarotite are the different varieties of garnet. All of these varieties have similar crystal forms and physical properties, but have different chemical compositions. 

Garnets are mostly associated with the colour red but they can also come in a wide range of different colours from green to orange and more. It’s name is derived from the Latin word granatus which basically translates to “seed like”.

February – Amethyst

Amethyst gemstones on white background

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz which is massively popular with jewellery lovers around the world. Its name is said to originate from Ancient Greece and the word “Amethystos” which means not toxicated. This is because amethyst was said to be an antidote to drunkeness and many wine goblets were actually crafted from Amethyst. 

Amethyst features a trigonal crystal system and can be found in shades of lighter purple, violet and dark purple. It’s easy to see why Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones around!

March – Aquamarine

aquamarine gemstones on white background

Aquamarine is a variety of beryl which can be coloured from a pale blue to a bluey green colour. Known by many as the gem of the sea, Aquamarine was used by Old sailors who believed that this gemstone would protect them from seasickness, stormy conditions and shipwreck. Its name comes from the Latin phrase aqua mare which in English translated to “sea water”. 

Aquamarines are formed with a hexagonal crystal system and generally have a hardness between 7.5 to 8 on the MOHS scale.

April – Diamond

diamonds on a white background

I’m sure you all know about Diamonds! Arguably the most popular precious stone used in jewellery, the Diamond is formed from pure carbon that has been put under high pressure underground for a sustained amount of time. Many Diamonds are actually over 1 billion years old! 

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth with a hardness of 10 on the MOHS scale. They are symbolic of strength and love which leads them to be often associated with engagement rings.

May – Emerald

emerald gemstone on white background

Emerald is a green variety of the mineral beryl which was said to have been first mined in Egypt in around 1500bc. Emeralds have a hexagonal crystal system and a hardness of 7.5 – 8 on the MOHS scale, however they are known to be susceptible to cracks and chips when being crafted for jewellery. These are often treated with oils like cedar oil or for lower quality stones, epoxy resin can also be used. 

Emeralds are often associated with love and purity and in some parts of the world they are known as the stone of prosperity.

June – Pearl

pearls

Pearls are the only gemstone that comes from a living creature and are one of the rarest gemstones in existence. They are formed in the soft tissue of molluscs and are made up of calcium carbonate and have a hardness of 2.5 to 4 on the MOHS scale making them a very delicate gemstone. Pearls are said to represent purity and wisdom and are one of the most popular gemstones in the world. 

alexandrite
Alexandrite
moonstoneon a white background
Moonstone

June also has two other modern birthstones in Alexandrite and Moonstone. Alexandrite is an extremely rare gemstone that is known for its ability to change colours in different lights, ranging from green, pink, red and purple among others. Moonstone is a blue-white gemstone that is a variety of orthoclase which is known for its moonlight-like appearance.

July – Ruby

rubies on white background

Rubies are a bright red variety of the mineral corundum which has a hexagonal crystal system. They are one of the most durable gemstones around with a hardness of 9 on the MOHS scale. 

Spiritually, rubies are said to represent passion, excitement and positivity. It is also believed that rubies give the wearer a high energy boost.

August – Peridot

peridot on a white background

Peridot is a gem quality variety of olivine which is found in shades of green. It is in fact one of the only gemstones that only comes in one colour. They feature an orthorhombic crystal system and have a hardness of between 6.5 and 7 on the MOHS scale. 

Spiritually the Peridot gemstone is said to bring peace to its owner and it has been known as the stone of compassion. It is said that Peridot was mined all the way back in 1500bc and was called gems of the sun by the ancient Egyptians.

September – Sapphire

sapphires on white background

Sapphire is a variety of corundum which gets its name from the Latin word saphrius which means blue, though they can actually be found in almost any colour except for red. Sapphires have a trigonal crystal system and are the 3rd most durable mineral with a hardness of 9 on the MOHS scale. 

Sapphires are often associated with royalty and are widely known as the stone of wisdom. They are also thought to bring blessings to their owner.

October – Opal

white opal on white background

Opals are one of the most beautiful and unique gemstones you can find. They are a hydrated amorphous form of silica. In essence it is a normal stone with a high water content that comes in an array of different colours. Opals can hold anything up to 20% water but most opals used in jewellery have a content of just 3-10% water. Due to the water content opals have a hardness of 5.5 – 6.5 on the MOHS scale which makes them more delicate than other stones used in jewellery. 

pink tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline is an alternative birthstone for October. It is found in granite and has a trigonal crystal system with a hardness of 7-7.5 on the MOHS scale. Pink Tourmaline is said to have healing powers both physically and mentally.

November – Citrine

citrine on white background

Citrine is an eye catching variety of quartz that is found in colours ranging from yellow, orange and brown and has a hexagonal crystal system. It’s name comes from the Latin word citrina which is translated as yellow in English. Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the MOHS scale. 

Spiritually it is said that Citrine will bring prosperity and a greater intuition to its owner. It is also said to bring joy and a higher energy to its wearer.

December – Tanzanite

tanzanite

Tanzanite is a variety of zoisite which can be found in blue to violet. This stunning gemstone can only be mined in Tanzania making this gemstone one of, if not the rarest gemstone on planet earth. It features an orthorhombic crystal system and has a hardness of 6-6.5 on the MOHS scale. 

Tanzanite is believed to be a stone of self awakening and transformation and has been the birthstone of December since 2002 when the American Gem Trade Association upgraded the birthstone list. 

Turquoise is the gemstone that was replaced by Tanzanite. Turquoise is a blue to green coloured stone which has a triclinic crystal system and a hardness of 5-6 on the MOHS scale.

Selection of birthstone pendant by Argemti

As a gift, birthstones are growing in popularity and its not hard to see why. The beautiful selection of Birthstones is breathtaking. Discover the collection of birthstone jewellery we have in store at Argemti & treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that represents you…

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The Different Types & Style Of Chains

A selection of sterling silver chains laid out on a black backdrop

The Different Types & Styles Of Chain

Chains can come in all different shapes and sizes. There are so many different styles and designs of chains it can be difficult to know which one suits your style best. A good starting point is to know the many varieties of chains and their specific characteristics. For example some chains are best just worn on their own, some chains are ideal for sporting pendants or medallions and some can give off an eye-catching effect when worn layered with different sizes. Here we go through some of the more popular styles of chain to help you get a better idea of which one may suit your style…

Belcher Chains

A belcher chain is characterized by D or round shaped links which can come in an array of different sizes and widths, interlocked with equal in length links. They are a type of trace chain that are more commonly worn by men and usually worn by themselves, however belcher chains can still be worn with a pendant if you so wish. Belchers are known to be sturdy and more often than not great value for money which is why they are one of the more popular styles of chain.

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Box Chains

sterling silver box chain on white background with vinagette

Box chains, also known as venetian chains are identified by square, box shaped links that have four identical surfaces all the way around them. Box chains are known as one of the most sturdy types of chain that you can get and are generally easier to fix than other types of chains if they do get broken. Smaller widths of box chain are very popular with women’s pendants and charms but the wider widths can also look very effective on their own and can be worn by either men or women as statement piece.

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Curb Chains

sterling silver curb chain on white vinagette background

The curb chain is a classic and widely popular style of chain which itself comes in many different varieties, from open curb, closed curb, flat curb, single curb and many more. Curb chains can be identified by the links having a groove on either side to allow the other links to connect and sit in smoothly, giving the surface a more flat appearance. This design of chain is usually more popular with men in its larger sizes but can also be a perfect match for womens pendants when the width is smaller. The majority of our pendants we sell in store come as standard with a 1mm wide curb chain. Curb chains also are effective when worn layered with varying lengths of chains and can be quite eye-catching.

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Figaro Chains

sterling silver figaro chain draped over a hand

Figaro chains originated in Italy and sport a very distinctive and classic design. The name figaro is said to come from the main character of the classical opera “Marriage of Figaro”. This style of chain is characterized by 2 or 3 closed curb links attached to one long open oval link. This stunning design of chain is popular with both men and women, but are generally more popular with males and can be worn either on its own or is extremely effective when adorning a pendant or medallion.

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Rope Chains

sterling silver prince of wales rope chain on white background with vinagette

Rope chains are made up of twisted and intertwined links that resemble a rope, hence the name rope chain. Rope chains are especially popular in wider links and worn as a statement piece, mostly with men but are also known to be worn at a smaller width with a pendant or charm for women. Either way the rope chain is a highly effective piece which is extremely popular around the world.

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Singapore Chains

sterling silver singapore chain on white background with vinagette

Singapore chains are made from twisted curb links that can make the chain look almost like a rope chain. This gives the chain a remarkably eye-catching Ripple like effect,making Singapore chains a brilliant option for stylish pendants and even better for layering with other lengths of chain.

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Snake Chains

sterling silver snake chain on white background with vinagette

A snake chain is made up of tightly knit together rings which gives the chain a solid appearance. The links of a snake chain are not as clearly visible as that of other types of chain and leave no gaps in between the links. Snake chains are popular to be worn with pendants and over the years have become ever more popular used as charm bracelets. The name snake chain comes from the fact that the chain resembles the skin of a snake.

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Spiga Chains

sterling silver spiga chain on white background with vinagette

A spiga, or wheat chain is usually made up of tightly interlocked figure of eight links to make up a thick and sturdy chain. The final design looks similar to wheat heads, hence why it is also known by the name wheat chain. Spiga chains are said to be known for their durability and resilience which makes them a popular choice for pendants and medallions.

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Trace Chains

trace chain

Trace chains, also known as cable chains are an extremely popular choice to be worn with pendants and are a very delicate chain which is made up of either round or oval shaped links of the same length and width interlocked with one another. Trace chains are mostly found in smaller widths which is why they are a common choice for pendants and charms.

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925 silver curb and figaro chains on stands on a white vinagette background

Now that you know a little bit more about some of the different types of chains, why not shop our collection of stunning sterling silver chains…

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