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U Jewelry Information – Sterling Silver, Gold, Gemstones, Fashion, General Jewelry and Jewelry Terms

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Ultrasonic cleaner: A machine that cleans jewelry by using a fluid that is vibrated at 20,000 cycles per second. When the vibration speed rises above the ultrasonic frequency level, bubbles explode and generate strong power, cleaning the surfaces and cavities of hard-to-clean objects. Ultrasonic cleaning does not scratch the surface or harm objects like many chemical or abrasive cleansers. Although it would be wise to seek professional advice before putting some gemstones into an Ultrasonic cleaner.

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Unakite: An opaque stone composed of pink feldspar, green epidote, and quartz. Metaphysical Properties: Emotional balance, spirituality. Facilitates re-birthing process. Good for healthy reproductive system and pregnancy.

Uvarovite: An emerald green garnet composed of chromium lime. Named from the Russian Count Uvaroff. Uvarovite is almost never used as a gemstone. Distinguishing Uvarovite and Tsavorite is difficult, but an experienced gemologist can do it.

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V Jewelry Information – Sterling Silver, Gold, Gemstones, Fashion, General Jewelry and Jewelry Terms

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Valadium: A fine stainless steel that resembles white gold.

Vau: A type of vegetable fibre that can be woven and twisted.

Vermeil:  (Vehr-MAY) A substantial amount of real gold which has been chemically bonded to sterling silver. The finish looks so much like solid gold that, except for the price, it is difficult to tell the difference.

Victorian: The designation is given to the period from approximately 1837 when Victoria became Queen of England until 1901 when she died. This long period is divided into early (approx. 1840-1860), mid (approx. 1860 – 1880) and late (approx. 1880-1900) since it covers a wide span of time, and a number of distinctive design trends. This period was preceded by the Georgian period, and succeeded by the Edwardian period after Victoria died in 1901, and her son Edward became king.

Vulcanite: A hard, moldable dark brown or black plastic used for memorial pieces in the mid-Victorian period.

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