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The Process of Removing Gemstones From Settings

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Sometimes, it takes a combination of something old and something new to get the perfect ring. In some cases, people love a gemstone that is set in an old ring but want to update the ring itself. This may be triggered by a personal preference for a certain type of metal or the positioning of the stone in the old setting.

This is a process that is best left to professional jewelers. They have studied gemstones and know how to remove them without damaging them or changing their appearance. Some jewelers provide this service for free to those who have continually done business with them. Others may charge about $10 per stone. It is important to get prices before leaving the stone with a selected jeweler. No matter what they charge, they will likely ask to see the stone first to determine what must be done to remove it from its setting.

ring drawingMost jewelers use a process that allows them to melt the metal around the gemstone using a chemical. Then they carefully remove the gemstone from the chemical solution. They have to clean the gemstones after this process to make them safe for other uses. They do not discard the solution that contains the metal. Instead, they use another chemical to remove the fine metals from the first solution. Then they melt the metals into bars and measure the purity of the bars.

Although many people try to do this process at home themselves by pending the gemstone prongs and removing the stone, it is not recommended. This do-it-yourself technique does not preserve the stone. It defeats the purpose of removing the stone in the first place.


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Free Simulated Diamond Earrings for my Readers

Hi all I would like to extend to you all a special offer of Free Simulated Diamond Earrings! Yes free from my wonderful friends at http://darcustori.com! The Cubic Zirconia Earrings are in a set (one for each ear, just in case their was any doubt) they are 6mm in size (that translates out to .2 inches, so almost a quarter inch wide), the posts are made of Sterling Silver.

darcus tori logoWhat is the catch?

CZ earrings free side viewYou pay shipping and handling, don’t fear they have a calculator there for the cost, for one pair the shipping and handling charge for me will be $5.95 and I can add on optional insurance to the order for an additional $1.10.

And there is a limit of 3 orders per household, I may try to squeeze out enough from the debit card (and hubby) to order 3, that would only run me $13.85 and the insurance (if I chose to do it) would run me an additional $1.10 (again). 🙂

CZ earrings free front viewNot bad have a few little gifts to sock away for birthdays, holidays and special occasions. You may know by now that I like to keep a special box with gift items stashed away in it for such times as I need a little extra gift for someone. Well, why don’t you start a gift box too? I learned this habit from my Mother, when I was younger she had a box of gifts stored up in the attic for gift giving and for when us kids were invited to birthday parties. It was such a great idea, that I started doing the same myself and I continue on today. Hey I gave a cute little blinged out character key chain that I to a neighbor who invited us over to her house for an Easter Sunday Party this year, it was nice to have a hostess gift all ready in my house waiting for the prefect time for gifting. So why not go over and pick up not just one, but all three Simulated Diamond Earrings so you can start up or add to your gift box.

Now here are the details:

Take 100% Off DarcusTori’s Flawless Diamond Stud Earrings
Use coupon Code 0704.
Limit 3 per order please.
Follow this link to the earring page.


This page is not sponsored nor have I received anything to review or for free to post this and I am not an affiliate with this company. This is just another deal that I could not keep all to myself and simply felt I had to share with you all.

Led Lit Cord for Charging Devices – Sharing

Edit 8/6/13: Sorry, I logged in to order one of these cord today and found out that the LED lit Cord has sold out. To see other specials, Daily Deals, Today’s Event Sales and Top Sellers CLICK HERE
Led Lit Cord for charging devices, too cool @ $5.99 each.

So I stumbled upon this product yesterday and as I brought up my browser this morning, I saw this again and had to make another Wordless Wednesday Post with Picture and mention that you must see the video on their page too.

I thought this was so cool that I think of it as bling for your devices. The LED lights don’t hold still either, they move… but I will let the page tell you more about it.

Okay so this now shall be wordless… oh wait, this would make a fun gift for a Geek like me (or is it that I am such a child?). Either way… hint hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Don’t forget to check out the video!

Okay going into wordless mode now. lol

picture of the lit LED cord and the different choices of plugs for your devices
Led light on cord charger for many devices, like you iPhone, iPad and smart phones, tablets etc.

LED Electro-Luminescent Smart Charge and Sync Cable For All iPhones, iPads, iPods and Micro-USB Devices – MUST WATCH VIDEO (links taken out on 8/6/2013 due to this item being sold out at this time)

Swarovski Crystals – Bling Review and Giveaway

The Monte Bleu Logo - "Crystalized with Swarovski elements"



Friends, it’s almost Mother’s Day Weekend and the Swarovski Crystals in the lovely products of Mont Bleu’s shop make any gift worth the wait! And this is a trick you can do, still order the gift, and just print up a picture of the gift and enclose it in a card or put the picture in a gift box with your promise that it is on it’s way! 🙂

Mont Bleu Continues to impress me after over 2 years of reviewing their ever growing products made with the lovely and Famous Swarovski Crystals! Oh yes, I simply love Bling and Swarovski Crystals are my favorite! Hey anything that involves light or catches light always caught my attention… my first words? “Itty Ight” (“pretty light”) as I pointed to a light from my first words onward. My Mother can attest to the fact that since I was a child Bling this has been something I loved and just ask my Mother and she would tell you that even as a toddler, I would always point at the sequined outfits or outfits with crystals on them as I would want her to buy some for herself.

Mont Bleu Foot Scrapper (for callusis) in a orange ombre, my bracelet with pearl like Swarovski Crystals in a lovely beige like color on it, my blue Swarovski Crystal glass file with the matching tweezers
Mont Bleu spoiled me with these lovelies for this review.

Lucky me, as I have had the privilege to be spoiled by Mont Bleu since 2011 with receiving invites from them to review their products. Mont Bleu was first introduced to me and my first introduction was with their beautiful Czech glass nail files! The Czech glass files come plain, with colored glass, hand-painted and with the ever beautiful Swarovski Crystals! I have to say that with each review Mont Bleu has continued to impress me as their products, the products are ever evolving and they are continuously expanding their line to offer more and more wonderful products. I love the fact that their products make fantastic gifts for anyone on your list and why not gift yourself with something… what the hey, why not get yourself or the one you love a “Just because” gift or  as my Father would call it “A Happy Happy” (A Happy Happy was a gift for no special reason (but perhaps love) and/or a gift without a special occasion involved).

For this review, I received, in my package, more goodies then ever as Mont Bleu Spoiled me with beautiful Swavorski Crystals Bling in a pair of Tweezers, a glass nail file, a bracelet (that I had not noticed previously in their collection) and a Czech Glass Scraper (for your callouses on your feet etc.)

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystals on a glass nail file and on tweezers
Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystals on Glass Nail file and tweezers.

The Tweezers

The Tweezers are a beautiful shade of blue with blue Swarovski Crystals that start off larger and work their way down to a smaller size (5 crystals on each side). In the top part of the angled Tweezers has a nice smooth feel, a wonderful paint application on it and the base (the active part) of the tweezers have a nice tapered edge to the metal on it, there appears to be no offset with the alignment of the tweezers and the angled tweezers grips very well.

close up Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystals on the end of the glass nail file
Close up of the Swarovski Crystals on the end of the glass nail file

The Nail File

The Nail File that I received match the blue of the nail file and have lovely Swarovski Crystals on them as well. As I know from the past, this nail file lasts and lasts, the swarovski crystals are adhered so well that they haven’t fallen off my glass nail file from over 2 years ago. And the file looks as wonderful as can be even after 2 years+ of using it. And when I wrote the original review of this nail file, I admitted that I had even dropped it and it didn’t break! Now I can honestly tell you that so far, I’ve dropped the glass nail file several times, now either I’ve been very lucky or these things aren’t as delicate as you or I would think. I still refuse to purposely throw the file to the floor, I am sorry, I just love my glass nail files and the Swarovski Crystals on them so very much and I’d hate to take a chance on losing them! 🙂

mont blue Swarovski Crystals bracelet in boxMont Bleu Swarovski Crystals bracelet on Mariahs wrist

The Bracelet

The bracelet that I received is a macrame’ bracelet and the way that they designed it, it’s very adjustable as well as easy on and off. The color of the macrame cording is a charcoal black in color and there are beautiful golden pearl like beads on this bracelet. The golden beads are made with crystals from CRYSTALLIZED -Swarovski Elements (the Swarovski in a beautiful Gold Color) and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity in the lovely box that the bracelet comes in. I had no idea that Swarovski Crystals Bling included pearl like beads, what a wonderful addition to the traditional and famous Swarovski Crystals. I then looked it up and found a picture of the the very color pearl-like bead that I have (with others) and a description of what they are on the online on a Swarovski Elements Site. Here is what Swarovski says about these elements that they call their Crystal Pearls:



Crystal Pearls are perfect replica of genuine pearls. Made of a unique crystal core covered with an innovative pearl coating, these pearls possess a flawless, silky smooth, rounded surface. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Crystal Pearls are delivered loosely threaded or, if desired, also knotted. Different hole diameters are available to accommodate a range of applications: In contrast to other articles in the range, Crystal Pearl 5811 is perfectly suited for applications that require a larger hole diameter.


Mont Bleu foot scrapper for callusesLast but not least, The Foot Callous Scraper

The Foot Callous Scraper I received is in A beautiful Gradient Color from Orange to the frosty white of the Czech Glass. I love this Scraper it works wonderfully on my feet with out being too harsh on the skin when you use it. In the past, I could sometimes be found sitting and picking at the callouses on my feet while watching TV. I’ve tried to break myself of that, why? Because I wouldn’t pay attention to what I was doing and I’d get a hold of some of the Callous Skin and rip it off… just like exfoliating your feet too much with one of those grater looking scrapers, if you are not paying attention or careful enough, you can get too much skin off. If you’ve experienced this yourself you would know that you’ve done way too much when you go to stand on that foot… OUCH, trust me, it can be terribly painful! Using this Callous Scraper on moist skin of my feet, I have found it effective enough to do the job and not hurt myself by doing too much at once, this alone has stopped me from mindlessly picking as after several uses my feet are as soft as a babies bottom and there is nothing to pick at. 🙂

Swarovski Crystal 2 hearts keyringSwarovski Crystals on hair brush from Mont Bleu

All in all, what are my thoughts of the products from Mont Bleu?

With their wonderful variety of products, and their great pricing you cannot go wrong with gift giving. I love looking at their brushes, from makeup brushes to hair brushes and the fun items in their shop from mirror compacts (pocket mirrors, is how they are listed on their site) to lighters and even the most lovely swarovski crystals on wine glasses and vases… as well as all the wonderful products I’ve gotten to review. Of all the products I’ve gotten to check out, I have never found any product to be anything less that pure perfection, from longevity to the touching the products, I haven’t ever run into one sharp edge or mistakes in manufacturing on any of their items ever.

I highly recommend that you take a look around the Mont Bleu Store site and there you will find the most perfect items for yourself and for gift giving. Mont Bleu has the most unique items just perfect for any taste, from subtle to blinged out to the max you will find it all there.

Friends, this giveaway is Worldwide! 🙂 Share with your friends all around the world, I love the chance to run giveaways like this… I meet so many interesting people that I seldom see. Thank you so much to Mont Bleu for letting me not only test out their wonderful products, but also for letting me run these fun giveaways!
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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received the items listed and in the first picture for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Mont Bleu and me.