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What Do They Want for Christmas?
The question is not only “what do they want for Christmas?” but what is your intention in the gifting. Yes, your own purpose determines “gifting success.” Success in gifting is a mutual satisfaction of both the giver and the recipient.  
Whether you want to mark a milestone, express your feelings, or give the “hottest” new thing, we offer these thoughts in your gifting process.
·Logic – We always suggest starting with a price range that you are comfortable spending and sticking to it. However, becoming well-informed on actual costs and values of the type of gift you desire to give is essential for you to establish a realistic budget. Sticking to your price range will help you to avoid buying escalation and later living in stress to pay more than you wanted to pay.  The receiver never knows what you spent, nor should they judge because after all, it is a gift.
·Lifestyle – We recommend taking the receiver’s lifestyle into consideration when selecting …
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Should I buy a Titanium Ring?
Titanium has become an increasingly popular metal for jewelry, especially rings. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Titanium Rings. 
The PRICE. Titanium Rings come in a wide range of prices. Plain Titanium Rings and wedding bands can be purchased for under $100. Even Titanium rings with diamonds are less expensive since you are not paying for a precious metal such as gold or platinum.Titanium is much harder than gold or silver, providing a durable and scratch resistant product. The hardness of Titanium makes it an excellent choice for anyone doing hands-on work that could easily damage gold or silver rings. Titanium rings come in a wide range of styles. Titanium's natural color is a soft gray, but Titanium can be anodized in black, dark gray, and many other colors. Titanium is light-weight for those who prefer a lighter feel to their rings.Titanium is one of the most hypo-allergenic metals available. Titanium reacts with the human body so rare…
Is Silver a Good Jewelry Choice? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of silver jewelry?

Silver can be an excellent choice for many types of jewelry. Here are some of the advantages:
Silver is inexpensive. Over the last several years, silver has traded at a price anywhere from $14.05 an ounce to $17.62 per ounce. The price of gold has ranged from $1,358 to $1,174 per ounce over the past year, making gold jewelry 7 to 10 times more expensive that silver. Silver is lightweight. For larger jewelry pieces such as a large bracelet the weight and lower cost of silver make it an excellent choiceSilver's white color with a slight pink undertone is especially popular and attractive with rich, deep color precious and semi-precious stones such as turquoise, agate, garnet, onyx, malachite, and topaz.Silver is a good metal for "travel jewelry". For example, a valuable ring made with white gold and diamonds can be duplicated with silver and cubic zirconia for a fraction of …
What makes platinum so good for jewelry? Platinum is an excellent metal to use in jewelry making.

Like gold, platinum is extremely non-reactive which means it will not tarnish or rust. 
Here are some of the other advantages of platinum jewelry: 
It has a soft white color like white gold or silver. However unlike silver, it won't tarnish.It is white like white gold, but white gold has a rhodium plating that wears off and shows the yellow underneath; then it has to be re-plated. Platinum jewelry is naturally white, so it never needs to be re-plated.Platinum is hypo-allergenic. Many people have allergies to gold or to the alloy metals such as nickel that are used to make 14K or 18K gold. Platinum does not cause an allergic reaction in most peoplePlatinum is harder than gold. On the Moh's hardness scale, gold has a hardness of 2 to 2.5. Platinum has a hardness of 4.5, so it won't scratch or dent as easily as goldMost platinum jewelry is made of 90% platinum and 10% other metals…
Platinum, Gold, or Silver?
Which is Best for my Jewelry?


Platinum, gold, and silver are all used to make jewelry and each metal has its advantages and disadvantages.

Today's blog highlights the advantages and disadvantages of gold in jewelry making.

For a beautiful deep yellow color 14K or 18K gold is the best choice. The deep yellow color can be used to make beautiful pieces especially when combined with gemstones with deep, rich colors such as ruby, emerald, sapphire, tanzanite, or amethyst.

 Another advantage of gold is that it never tarnishes. This does not mean that gold jewelry never needs to be cleaned. Gold jewelry with intricate designs will pick up dirt and body oils, especially if the piece is worn every day, so cleaning is usually needed at least every six months. Ask your jeweler for a recommendation for a good jewelry cleaner. Many jewelers will clean and inspect your jewelry free of charge.

So what are the disadvantages of gold jewelry?

Gold is expensive. 14K gold…
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St. Andrew Cross or St. Olga Cross?

What is the difference between the St. Andrew Cross and the St. Olga Cross?

The St. Andrew Cross is the also called the Three-Bar Cross that is traditionally associated with Russian Orthodoxy. 

The name of the Cross is derived from the tradition about the Apostle Andrew who preached the Gospel around the Black Sea in the region that is now southern Russia and the Ukraine. 

When St. Andrew preached he carried with him a large Three-Bar Cross. The top bar represented the sign posted above Jesus head which read, "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." The middle bar was the bar to which Jesus arms were nailed. The third bar at the bottom was the place where Jesus rested His feet. 

In his preaching, St. Andrew would move the third bar so that one end pointed up and the other end pointed down. The end pointing up represented the thief, St. Dismas, who said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me in your Kingdom." The bar pointed up to indicate the des…

Saints Medals for June

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Many  saints are celebrated in the month of June, but several stand out due to their fame or popularity including St. Anthony of  Padua (June 13), St. John the Baptist (June 24), St. Lazarus (June 13), St. Peter the Apostle (June 29), and Saint Paul the Apostle (June 29).

For people named after these saints, each saint holds special significance and often prayers are offered to the Saints asking for their special help, intercession, and protection.

St. Anthony is known as the Saint who helps people find lost or stolen items. St. Lazarus is the patron saint of lepers. St. John the Baptist is the patron saint of builders, tailors, printers, baptism, conversion to faith, people dealing with the effects of storms, and people in need of healing from spasms or seizures. Saint Paul the Apostle is the patron saint of St. Paul is the patron saint of writers, journalists, publishers, rope makers, saddle makers, tent makers, and musicians. St. Peter the Apostle is the patron saint of old people …