The ladybug brings a sense of playfulness, delight and childlike spirit. It is said that when a ladybug lands on you that your wish will come true. They are perceived as fearless despite their small size, their spotted wings acting as a shield against predators. Farmers are known to see the ladybug as a good omen as they keep away harmful insects to crops. In Ireland, the ladybug is said to be a symbol of protection. Asian traditions hold the belief that if caught and then released, the ladybug will fly to your true love and whisper your name in his/her ear, and your love will hurry to your side. Ladybug symbolism spans across numerous cultures, most often revered as a good luck charm.
Platinum can be used as a finish coating over sterling silver or copper alloys. Its bright, pure luster enhances the brilliance of gemstones and does not discolor or oxidize. Platinum plating is also characterized by its good resistance to surface abrasion, making jewelry pieces more durable against everyday and long-term wear. Over time, platinum plating will wear off and therefore will require re-plating.
To care for your plated jewelry items:
On the Mohs Scale, which measures the hardness of minerals, cubic zirconia is an 8.0 to 8.5. It is important to understand that hardness is not necessarily related to durability. Even though diamond is the hardest mineral (10.0 on the Mohs Scale), it can still be chipped or broken.
The only ways to tell the difference between cubic zirconia and diamond are by use of a thermal probe, by weighing the loose stone or by microscopic examination of surface features and inclusions. Cubic zirconia weighs approximately 65% more than diamond. Therefore, while a 6.25 mm round diamond weighs about 1.00 carat, the same size cubic zirconia weighs about 1.65 carats. If you know the weight of a cubic zirconia, you can figure out the diamond weight equivalent by multiplying the cubic zirconia weight by 0.6, or 60%.
Few natural diamonds on the market today are perfectly cut, and those that are cost much more than the usual diamond. Unleashing the fire, beauty and brilliance of a stone depends on its precise cut. Simulated diamonds are an excellent balance between quality, beauty and price.
Brilliance: The white light leaving a jewel, traveling upward, which is visible to the eye. Brilliance is sometimes referred to as “sparkle.”
Dispersion: Flashes of rainbow colors. Also called “fire.”
Hardness: Resistance to scratching. The higher the number, the more resistant.
Luster: The shininess of a jewel.
Toughness: Resistance to breakage.
About the Collection
Spread happiness and good fortune with the Peace & Love Jewelry Boutique, an inspiring collection created by philanthropist, activist and designer Nancy Davis. Originally created for celebrity performers who attended Davis' Race to Erase Multiple Sclerosis charitable event, the line has evolved into a collection of luxurious yet attainable styles. Reflecting her philosophy that everyone in the world ultimately wants peace and love in their lives, Nancy's signature logo is subtly incorporated into each design.
With her Boutique and Legacy Collections, Nancy's jewelry offers something for any woman, regardless of style or budget. Her attainable Boutique collection is expertly detailed with the finest quality simulated stones. Nancy's Legacy collection is a true reflection of her royal Hollywood roots. Crafted with genuine gemstones, the designs reflect Nancy's true passion for collecting classic gemstone jewelry.
About the Guest
Dividing her time between parenthood, philanthropy, activism and design, Nancy Davis has dedicated her life to inspiring hope in the lives of others. Nancy founded the Race to Erase MS, a foundation dedicated to the treatment and cure of multiple sclerosis, a disease she was diagnosed with in the early 90s'. In this she finds peace and love - the inspiration for her jewelry collection.