The Kentucky Derby
is a very special day for women and hats.
|Jockeys... "Riders Up!"
|Ladies... "Hats On!"
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AN ARRAY OF OTHER STYLES ON
SOME COME IN SILVER, GOLD, ROSE GOLD
10K 14K 18K and
a very few 24k
WHICH WILL BE SEEN
UPON YOUR SELECTION OF A STYLE.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA (CZ) -- discovered in 1892 --
is the cubic
crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). CZ is hard, optically
flawless, usually colorless, but can be made in a variety of colors.
Due to its low cost, durability, and visual likeness to diamond,
Cubic Zirconia is gemologically & economically the most
important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began
in 1976. Its main synthetic gemstone competitor is the more recently
DENSITY: CZ has a specific gravity of 5.6-6.0 -- 1.6 times that of
HARDNESS: CZ is relatively hard at 8-8.5 vs. 10 for diamond.
REFRACTIVITY: CZ is high at 2.15-2.18 vs. 2.42 for diamond.
LUSTER: CZ is brilliant at 0.058-0.066 vs. only 0.044 for diamond.
COLOR: CZ is often entirely colorless; equal to a perfect "D" on
diamond's color grading (only the rarest of diamonds are truly
colorless, most have a tinge of yellow or brown).
CUT: CZ can be cut differently from diamonds; facet edges can be
rounded or "smooth".
YELLOW / WHITE / ROSE GOLD: The purity of gold
is measured in
karats. Pure gold measures 24 karats but is too soft to be used
effectively in jewelry. So it is alloyed with other metals (silver,
copper, nickel, and zinc) to increase its strength & durability.
Common alloy measurements are 18 karat (75% gold), 14 karat (58%),
& 10 karat (47.7%). In the United States, the lowest legal karat
limit for the metal to still be considered gold is 10 karats. A
higher karat measurement indicates a greater value of the jewelry
piece. Gold jewelry should always be stamped with the karat mark;
either 18k, 14k, or 10k (European markings; 750, 585, 470,
respectively). To keep gold jewelry shining & scratch-free; 1.
Avoid contact with chlorine & other harsh chemicals. 2. Do not
wear during rough work. 3. Store in a fabric-lined jewelry box or
pouch. 4. Clean with warm water & mild soap.
We love pins... Gals & Guys who especially like metal pins! They
are portable. Rather than buy "branded" fashions, select pins which
represent YOU and place them on various hats. From brimmed hats,
fedoras, cloches, and especial plain baseball caps, PINS CAN MAKE
MILLINERY | FASHION
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