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Deciphering Your Jewelry Metals

My introduction to the jewelry world began in much the same way as many other little girls—my mother’s jewelry box. Tucked away in a small porcelain box decorated with delicately painted blueberries on top, it was a collection that never ceased to fascinate. It didn’t matter how many times I sifted through its contents: a set of emerald and gold studs, a gold class ring, an organically carved jade pendant on a silver chain… And of course, the pièce de résistance—the golden band sitting on my mother’s left ring finger. At the time, metal distinctions and gem quality were beyond the scope of my interest or understanding. As long as a piece could call that box home, I knew it was important to my mother, and could subsequently be called treasure. My own jewelry collection started with costume jewelry. Amongst its contents you’d find: silver-plated chain necklaces with small charms dangling at the center à la Claire’s, little gold colored rings with a single pearl bead right from the supermarket’s 50 cent candy and toy …