Fun Facts About Jewelry: Tennis bracelets were formerly known as line bracelets. It became known as a “tennis bracelet” after Chris Evert, a famous tennis player, had hers slip off her wrist during a televised tournament. She stopped the match to retrieve it, calling it her “tennis bracelet”. The diamond solitaire necklace owes it popularity to heavy promotion by De Beers. This goes to show you what advertising can do for you! Brooches were first used as clothing fasteners. As more women entered the workforce in the 1970’s, the brooch became a popular lapel adornment. Rings are the most popular jewelry sold in the U.S. According to De Beers, less than 1% of women will ever own a diamond of one carat or more. Diamonds are available in many colors. Pink diamonds are extremely rare and may sell for twice as much as a near colorless diamond of equal weight and clarity. The Hope diamond is one of the world’s most famous fancy blue diamonds, weighing 45.42 carats. It is on public display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and is said to be the museum’s most popular attraction. The most popular diamond cut purchased is the standard round brilliant. Silver quality stamps/markings can be either “sterling” or “925”, indicating that the item is 92.5% silver. Platinum can be marked: “platinum”, “plat.” or “pt”. Typically, platinum jewelry sold in the U.S. contains at least 90% pure platinum. Karat gold trademarks: 10K = 41.7% gold, 14K =58.3% gold, 18K = 75% gold, 24K = 99.9% gold. Pure gold scratches easily and is susceptible to wear over time. Alloying pure gold with harder metals like silver, copper, or nickel results in a more durable piece of jewelry. Copper reddens gold (rose gold). Silver will give gold a green tinge, and nickel or palladium will whiten gold. Because of its hardness, alloyed gold will take on a very high polish, and result in a more durable piece of jewelry. Lynn Betzold, Accredited Jewelry Professional, Prestige Gems & Jewels, LLC, contributed this article. She specializes in fine quality jewelry. You can reach her at 410- 322-1479, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule an appointment or jewelry party, contact Lynn. To view many of the items she has available, view www.stuller.com.