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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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Skincare to Fight Aging With Vitamin C Serum – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I have been so fortunate lately as I try out Valentia Skin Care’s Vitamin C Serum, called Even Glow Serum, for this review, I love to fight aging with vitamin C serum. As I’ve continued testing out Vitamin C Serums, I decided it was time, as a Former Cosmetologist, about the benefits and how to fight aging with Vitamin C Serum. Here I have tried to make the facts about Vitamin C Serums and the benefits you can expect, the strength of the serums and review my newest test subject from Valentia Skin Care.

In all my tests of Vitamin C Serums for the skin I have never seen such a golden beauty as this product, nor have I smelled such a lovely orange scent! And this product being 20 percent, is pure perfection in it’s dosage for the skin (for Vitamin C skincare products to be effective the percentage must be at least 10%).

pictures combined for even glow serumValentia’s Vitamin C Serum is  98% Natural, 75% Organic and MADE IN USA and Made for ALL SKIN TYPES!

What are the supporting ingredients in Valentia’s Vitamin C Serum? Here are some Quotes from Valentia:

KEY INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin.

***Our additional Key Ingredients below were all selected for their ability to enhance and support Vitamin C’s effect on the skin.

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil – These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend – Vitamin C

Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) – This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) – Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

Green Tea Extact– The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

Mariah's box Even Glow Vit C SerumI love the stabilized Vitamin C Serums in the dropper bottles like this, using the dropper you can easily control the amount applied to the skin. And being the Vitamin C Serum from Valentia Skin Care is at 20% you know it’s going to help the collagen in your skin by not only supporting it but helping to build it.

As we age, our Collagen in the skin weaken and it takes a formula of 10% or higher to support and increase your collagen production, which helps with Anti-Aging skincare regime.

Vitamin C not only supports the Collagen, but it helps brighten up the skin as it helps get rid of that nasty ol’ skin discolorations (call them what you may, liver spots, age spots, sun spots etc). Vitamin C is a great antioxidant. With Vitamin C you can expect to see tightening, smoothing and softening of your fine lines and wrinkles. AND Vitamin C helps your skin better absorb your moisturizers. This is why Vitamin C is known as one of the BEST Anti-Aging products out there.

How to use this Vitamin C serum:

Be careful not to let your Vitamin C Serum be exposed to Sunlight or Air as even in a stabilized formula, like Valentia’s Vitamin C, there are vulnerabilities.  Here are the cautions you should take to treat the product well:

  1. When using the eye dropper, don’t squeeze the bulb while in the bottle, as this will add air to the product. Instead squeeze the bulb then place in the bottle to suck up the product.
  2. As always with anything that is applied to the skin, try not to touch the product, nor the applicator (in this case the eyedropper) to you skin. This will help keep the product pure and no worries of contamination
  3. Keep this bottle closed tightly and close it as soon as you can, this will help to further prevent air exposure.
  4. Keep the bottle out of sunlight, direct or indirect… instead keep it in a cool, dark place.

Using the Vitamin C Serum on your Skin:

  1. Wash your face and leave the skin damp
  2. Valentia recommends you shake the bottle, I recommend (to avoid incorporating too much air) that you treat the bottle gently to mix the product. And just like us Cosmetologists and Manicurists were taught, place the bottle between your palms and roll for a minute or two. If you are in a hurry and the gentle technique for mixing is too time consuming for you, don’t let it scare you from using the product, go ahead and shake as Valentia recommends, it’s just my personal preference in keeping the products strength.
  3. Use the dropper and drop the Vitamin C Serum onto your Facial Fingers… your facial fingers are the best fingers to use whenever you touch your face, it’s the middle finger and the finger next to your pinky finger.
  4. Gently apply the product to your face, neck and even your decollete (the upper part of your chest area).
  5. Let the product dry completely on your skin before you apply your moisturizer and makeup.

Mariah's Bottle Even Glow SerumNow I have used this product, but not long enough to tell you what it does deep down inside my skin or tell you much about what it does to the surface of the skin… although I can say that it has helped reduce the appearance of my pores (remember that nothing truly reduces the size of your pores, but it can clean them out and make the appearance less noticeable).

Cons:

This Vitamin C Serum isn’t in separate single use capsules. Why would I prefer that? Because Vitamin C needs to be handled with great care, avoid exposure to air as much as possible.

Pros:

The Cost! Most of us wouldn’t be able to purchase the capsules with Vitamin C serum as the cost goes way up and you can (as long as your careful) get the same satisfaction with the dropper bottles for much less. The prices on Vitamin C Serums over 10% tend to be in the $70 to $200 range and when I picked up mine (At Amazon) it only cost $35! It’s on sale now, what a true bargain!

At 20% Vitamin C, this serum is stronger than most on the market.

 

I thank Valentia for entrusting me with this review, I love your product with the scent and what I’ve seen, so far, with my skin. Even my sensitive skin handled well with your product, no breakouts, no rawness and I love the way my moisturizers soak into my skin.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Perfect Voice – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Ah, I got your attention huh? lol… this is not a Movie Review, but a review of Roger Love’s Perfect Voice Recorded Program. What is the Perfect Voice? It’s a pre recorded voice training program to help you improve your speaking voice. Yes these Voice Lessons are for your speaking voice, not for your singing (although I found that the exercises and the warmups really helped my singing voice feel stronger too).

If you click on the link above, I saw today that you can sign up today and receive 4 free video lessons! Cool huh? Okay, if you want my experience and opinion first, keep on reading and I think you will want to go back and try this program for yourself!

Roger Love how are you perceived by othersFirst off, let me tell you a little about Roger Love. What got my attention most about Roger Love, is I researched him before signing up to see if I could review his program and found out that he’s the Vocal Coach for GLEE (yes the TV show Glee… I get my Gleek on regularly and I dream of getting a small part as Emma Pillsbury’s Aunt (actress Jayma Mays) and singing a little bit on the show. Hey even us ol’ ladies can dream, besides I have the red hair! lol  Yes, most of your folks don’t know it, but I do sing and I used to act, I even took ballet for a while. lol Okay so back to Roger Love, he is known world wide for his vocal coach skills, he has taught some familiar singers, speakers, actors and actresses. Just to name a few; Tyra Banks (ahhhh… another person I’d love to meet), Dr. Laura Schlessinger, John Gray (Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus), Anthony Robins, Reese Witherspoon, Mandy Moore,  Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Landau, Milla Jovovich, Victoria Principal, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Eminem and so many more. You too can run a search on Roger Love and catch a lot more of his impressive credentials.

Roger Love’s The Perfect Voice, what I received:

I received a link to all the studies which included

Daily Warmups:

  • Male Warm-Up
  • Female Warm-Up

Section 1:

  • Introduction
  • Star Quality
  • How to Use this Program
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Check, Middle & Head (Voices)
  • Male Exercises
  • Female Exercises
  • Voice Types

Section 2:

  • Building Blocks
  • Physiology
  • Diet Do’s & Don’ts

And last but not least Section 3:

  • Forget the Fillers
  • Never Lose Your Voice
  • The Perfect Message
  • Wrap Up

All in all this is hours of listening and I started out taking notes, but I admit that I need to listen to all of this over and over again to review it and make sure I grasped everything. What would have been handy is a transcript of the program so that I could just highlight the parts that I keep searching for again. Otherwise, what I liked a lot was the fact that Roger Love talked about proper breathing, which I have had explained to me before as I learned the misogi breathing from my husband’s teaching martial arts. In through the nose and out through the mouth… it is much the same, and I was never very good at it and still practicing with Roger Love’s Perfect Voice Program, I find myself feeling like I am drowning. Given more time, with regular practice I am pretty sure that I may just get it down.

Roger Love Perfect Voice CD's PictureI like the fact that Roger doesn’t just tell us what to do but, for curious minds like my own, he explains the whys and hows. Diet Do’s and Don’ts for instance, should you partake in tea Lemon/honey water for your voice? You’d have to order to hear what he says about tea honey and lemon. What I will tell you is that he talks about the importance of hydration, drinking a lot of water, just like I do! Hey Guys and Gals, it’s great for your complexion as well as making your vocal chords happy!

I found this program very interesting and educational, I placed this on my old Zen Stone for listening to while I cooked dinner and while in my little laundry room. Now unfortunately my house is so small and the weather had been pretty bad here so my practicing, though I tried to do it daily at first, after a while I had to cool it down some as it was getting in the way of my husband’s listening to the TV etc. lol Yes, my humble abode is that humble. lol Now that the weather is improving, my husband (who is home all the time since he now disabled too) will be spending more time outside with projects and I too will be able to entertain the neighborhood with my warm ups.

Roger love image from perfectvoice dot comOn my little Zen Stone, unfortunately I have to keep on clicking to go through all the recordings… the only ones I left out where the Male Warmup and Male exercises. It’s just so handy to be able to take this program with you. Next time around, I am claiming my husbands iPod to play the program on… then I can read and pick what part of the lessons to listen to each time and make sure to get in my warmups and exercises.

I would also recommend that, if you travel to work or the store, that you bring along the warmups and exercises to play and work with in your car and let people wonder about you while you sing in your car. Sing? Oh yes, that’s right… that is part of your warm ups & exercises… you will Goo and Gug your way through to that perfect voice.

I won’t pretend that any of this is easy, it is work, but with the work I’ve done with the program I can say it’s worth every minute of it! Take notes and go back over parts of this program so you know you are doing it right and that you understand it. For me, being indecisive as I am, there are some parts that I still am unsure of and not sure if I am doing them right or not… this will take more time and more practice and I am so ready for it and welcoming the freedom that the warm weather will give me to work on this more.

I love Roger Love and I haven’t even met him in person, I think that he’s going to help many people feel more confident in their every day lives as they work, play and socialize.

What do I want to do now? Now I want to be able to afford his singing lessons, called Roger Love’s Singing Academy.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sisterly Pride – The Art of Diesel Free 2 days only- Giveaway

The Cover of my Brothers E BookI am the proud Sister of Mark Marasch… he’s one of the many brilliant Siblings in my family. Mark is a Rocket Scientist, a family man and a wonderfully fun personality, you know I am puffing up my chest with pride, I am so proud of my whole family. 🙂

Mark Marasch family Man he's in a race car surrounded by wife, kids and our parents.
Mark Marasch family Man. Mark is in the race car surrounded by his lovely wife, kids and our Mom & Dad.

Mark worked hard researching and figuring out how to change his truck to run on Diesel. After all the work, Mark realized that there was a real need for a book on how to do this. So Mark took up a pen name (I love the pen name, Mark A Billy) and wrote a book! His book is called “The Art of Deisel” and he’s having a Free Giveaway on Amazon for 2 days only, this weekend!

Did you want to or have you been thinking about changing  your vehicle over to run on Diesel? If so, please go over and show your love, and check out The Art of Diesel (kindle edition): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HMUUOAM

My brother Mark, Author of The Art of Diesel.

Now I will let you know that my brother Mark is a Libertarian so you will see a lot of his thoughts and attitudes reflected in this book.

Enjoy!

Love & Hugs,

Mariah

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Hi there…

Today it occurred to me that a good percentage of you do not have an Icon to show on your comments. So I am posting today to try and solve this problem for those of you that would like to have your picture or a picture to represent you show up on your comments.

The solution for getting an icon to show up for your pictures is fairly simple, and free, you simply need to go to http://en.gravatar.com/

You may also upload multiple images and multiple emails that you can customize your picture(s) for each email. If your uncomfortable with sharing your email, it understandable, I have to say that so far the only email that I have noticed as received from them was the initial email that is sent for you to verify your email address.

As always, use your own judgement as to whether or not you wish to use this free service or not. To be honest, I’ve had my accounts with them for so long that I don’t recall the fine print (their policies) but obviously I felt at ease enough after reading them that I still joined and I hate to do anything that would cause spam to come into my inbox, since I already have so many as each place we run a review or review and giveaway for seems to sign me up for their newsletters I can be so very overwhelmed with emails.

Well, there you go my friends, I hope that this helps a few of you out, and frankly I’d love to see some of the faces behind the comments.