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Charlene K Gold Jewelry Collection

Charlene K was created to appeal to every woman’s desire for self expression through the wearing of beautiful, timeless pieces. Mindful of the many facets of a woman, the jewelry line presents varied designs that invite one to make up and discover a new look. The collection is made up of 14K Gold over Sterling Silver, 14K Rose Gold over Sterling Silver, and Sterling Silver jewelry combined with semi-precious stones and druzy gemstone.

Classy and sophisticated, Charlene K jewelry is perfect for any occasion.

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Charlene K Onyx Gemstone Jewelry Collection

Charlene K Onyx Gemstone Jewelry Collection

 

Onyx is a banded variety of the oxide mineral chalcedony. Agate and onyx are both varieties of layered chalcedony that differ only in the form of the bands: agate has curved bands and onyx has parallel bands. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue). Commonly, specimens of onyx contain bands of black and/or white.

Gem family: Chalcedony

Birthstone: December

 

Cleaning Onyx Gemstones

Cleaning onyx jewelry is pretty straightforward: Just use a soft, dry cloth or a soft brush to wipe any dirt off your gemstones.

You can also use a little water to moisten the cloth and make the cleaning easier.

Don’t wet the stone or soak it in water, however, as onyx is porous and absorbs liquids easily.

After the cleaning, dry the stone with a soft cloth.


Charlene K Green Onyx Gemstone Gold Pendant

Charlene K 14K Gold Vermeil Green Onyx Gemstone Pendant, also available in Onyx and Labradorite.

Charlene K Green Onyx 14K Gold Vermeil Pendant

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Aquamarine Gemstone Jewelry by Charlene K

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.

Aquamarines are best-known for its breathtaking sea-blue color which range can vary in blue, very slightly greenish blue, greenish blue, very strongly greenish blue or green-blue.

This gemstone is the true symbol of grace and elegance.

Charlene K Aquamarine gemstone necklace and bracelets jewelry

Aquamarine Gemstone Information

About Aquamarine – History and Introduction

Aquamarine is a blue to green-blue variety of precious beryl. The beryl group of minerals is most famous for chromium-rich, green emerald, which happens to be one of the ‘precious four’ gems of the world (diamond, sapphire and ruby are the remaining three). Aquamarine is one of the official birthstones for those born in March. Aquamarine is exceptionally hard and has an outstanding vitreous (glass-like) luster. It is most famous for its breathtaking sea-blue colors which can range from light to dark-blue. The name ‘aquamarine’ was derived from an old Latin expression which meant ‘seawater’.

 

Aquamarine can typically be identified by its unique sea-blue colors. It is rather hard and has a vitreous luster. Aquamarine stones have excellent clarity and transparency compared to many other similar gems. The intensity of color and the clarity of the stone are the most important criteria when evaluating aquamarine, followed closely by quality of cut. Aquamarine is colored by trace amounts of iron and testing of composition, trace elements and its six-sided crystal structure can easily distinguish it from other blue-green stones.

 

The leading producer of aquamarine is Brazil, with many mines spread throughout the country. Other deposits of aquamarine are sourced from Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as in several U.S. locations. Karur, India recently has become one of the biggest suppliers of aquamarine.


Charlene K Mini Fresh Water Pearl Bar Choker Necklace

Mini fresh water pearl bar necklace with 17″ long 14K Gold Vermeil Chain

Delicate, elegant and minimal Pearl necklace!  Perfect for everyday wear, this simple yet stylish pearl bar necklace is adorned with creamy white fresh water mini pearls.

• Available in Sterling Silver, 14k Gold Vermeil and 14k Rose Gold Vermeil
• Chain Length is 17″ Long
• Freshwater pearl diameter: 2-2.5mm
• Mini gemstones bar: 2″ width
• Chain made in Italy
• Handmade in USA

Retail store: http://www.BHLDN.com

Wholesale: http://www.CharleneKjewelry.com   &   http://www.CharleneK.com

 

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Druzy Gemstone Jewelry Collection by Charlene K

DRUZY QUARTZ

Druzy is believed by many to be associated with peace, tranquility, patience, intuition, unconditional love.

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With a sparkle like freshly fallen snow in the sunshine, drusy, a crystal formation on a host rock or mineral, has become a favorite of gemstone enthusiasts. Recently, drusy has begun gaining an even wider audience due to advancements in manufacturing and treatments. Colors that were once considered rare are now more plentiful and better cutting techniques have made shapes more uniform and easier to set in jewelry.

WHAT IS DRUSY?
A cluster of crystals that encrust a wide variety of host rocks or minerals, drusy creates a shimmering effect as light is reflected off the surface. Like most minerals, drusy forms over millions of years. As molten lava is pushed through the surface of the earth, it creates air bubbles. Once these cool, air pockets begin to fill with different minerals. Water enters these cavities and mixes with silica, also known as quartz. Rapid cooling causes the crystals to form.
Drusy is often seen when it forms inside the cavity of a geode, which is a nodule within lava or ancient volcanic rock. But it can be found on an array of different stones, offering a wide spectrum of colors, shapes and sizes.
“There is no specific stone that drusy forms on, although it is found in large concentrations of Brazilian quartz and chalcedony. But given the right mineral-rich silica solutions, it can form on a lot of different minerals.”

COLOR CHOICES
Natural drusy can be found on beige, brown, rust, green, blue, gray, white, yellow and purple quartz, chalcedony, agate and jasper. Along with the more familiar stones, drusy can also be found in a variety of harder-to-source minerals, which lend a range of distinctive colors. These include uvarovite, an intense green garnet, black garnet and rainbow pyrite found in Russia, and pink cobalto calcite from the Congo, which ranges in color from a pale pink to hot magenta. Even more difficult to find is psilomelane, the only other natural black color besides garnet.

Drusy can form on a combination of chrysocolla and malachite, producing spectacular alternating bands of green and blue that range from pale to hot aqua and dark blue to sea foam green or deep emerald green. Judy Kiriazis, owner of Heart of Stone Studio, a web-based company that carries an extensive line of drusy material, points out that the rarest drusy is kammererite, which is the color of grape juice and found in Turkey.

There are two different drusy crystal structures that affect its color on a host rock. “Some crystals are clear and the color is in the matrix of the host stone. For instance, if you look at the surface of cobalto calcite drusy, which is an intense pink, the crystals on top are clear, so the colored sparkle comes from the rock. Sometimes, the crystals grow in the color of the host stone, as in the uvarovite drusy, an intense green garnet with green colored crystals on top,” says Kiriazis. The sizes of the crystals can vary as well from stone to stone, which affects the intensity of the color tone.

These factors make each drusy stone special because of the way the crystals illuminate the color of the stone. They can transform a seemingly inexpensive opaque stone into a fascinating gem resplendent with color, depth and scintillation. Mickey Wilcox, jewelry designer and co-owner of Mickey Lynn, an online store, started working with the material in 2008 because “the crystals make the stones mesmerizing and every stone is completely different.”

TREATMENTS
Working with one-of-a-kind stones can be challenging for a designer or manufacturer when making pairs of earrings or filling reorders. Organic shapes not cut with exact measurements are not always easy to match.

“In the late 1980s and early 1990s, people were very interested in drusy, but there wasn’t a cost-effective way to coat stones to enhance the sparkle and color and it was difficult to set,” says Kiriazis. However, innovative treatments and cutting techniques have enhanced drusy’s appeal.
“Greg Genovese, a stonecutter well known in the industry for his work with drusy material for over 30 years, is credited with pioneering titanium coating. It changes the color to vivid blue, green, purple and iridescent shades,” explains Lasater. The process is known as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) in which vaporized titanium is mixed with oxygen and then placed on the drusy. “Some of these coatings are so thin, they can be compared to a ‘breath on a window’ but are very hard and durable if treated with care,” he adds. Drusy can also be treated with silicone oxide to produce pink and green colors in a treatment similar to CVD.

Kiriazis credits Genovese with changing the way drusy is cut so that it could be set more easily. “The sides of most drusy material used to be finished straight up and down, so there was no place to fold a bezel strip. Using Genovese’s technique, a gemstone setter could place the strip of metal along the sides of the stone and set it.”

Natural black drusy, also known as psilomelane, is mined out and rarely, if ever, seen at market. Most black drusy that is found is quartz that has been soaked in a sugar solution for weeks. The pores in the crystal structure absorb the solution. It is then placed in a sulphuric acid bath. Treated black drusy is very popular and significant in the color spectrum because the crystals on the black surface produce a brilliantly dramatic effect. Coating drusy in precious metals like 18-karat or 24-karat gold or platinum gives drusy even more shimmer.

CARE
While these treatments make beautiful colored stones, special care is needed when they are being made into jewelry. Drusy that has been treated with titanium or other methods cannot be polished after it is set in a piece of jewelry or the coating will come off. “Drusy is sensitive to chemicals and elements like harsh heat,” says Wilcox, adding that constant direct sunlight will fade coated or natural-colored drusy.

Drusy’s increased popularity has affected the price and availability of the natural-colored material. “The natural-colored drusy is generally more expensive, particularly the more rare material like chrysocolla, cobalto calcite and uvarovite,” says Lasater. “The mineral and natural patterns in the stone also affect the price. Drusy can cost from $15 to $65 per carat for quartz and chalcedony and up to $300 per carat for the more rare drusy.”

Whether it is natural or enhanced, expensive or affordable, drusy’s glittering effect makes it eye-catchingly unique and unforgettable.

Article from the Rapaport Magazine – June 2015.


Layer Your Jewelry Like a Pro with Charlene K Long and Necklaces

Layer Your Jewelry Like a Pro with Charlene K Long and Short Necklaces.

Charlene K necklaces can be worn alone but even have more power together.
Why wear one piece when you can wear them all?
Don’t be afraid to mix them up!
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Eva Longoria was seen wearing Charlene K long necklace with others pieces during her LA shopping trip.

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