Jewelry and Science
Jewelry and Science
Bring on the bling!
This collection of links explores the science of jewelry, including diamonds, gemstones, gold, and even a few metals you probably wouldn’t expect.
- Bling Zinger: The Lead Content of Jewelry
Could your jewelry make you sick? Well, maybe. Learn where the risk can come from.
- Clean Your Silver Jewelry with Chemistry
Be gone, tarnish! Science is here to bring back that silver shine.
- Wedding Ring Metal Properties
With this tungsten carbide, I thee wed… What’s your ring material of choice?
- Is That Chemistry in Your Jewelry?
Chemistry gives this jewelry a twist, with earrings made from a gas chromatograph.
- Why Does Gold Darken Some Women's Skin?
The answers aren’t clear, but might chemistry have the answer?
- Chemistry in Your World: Real Gold
Wearing a necklace from a boyfriend = a green neck. What’s the story?
You won’t find this beautiful rainbow in the sky—it’s on your metal jewelry, created by electrochemistry.
- Anodizing Titanium - "The Rainbow Metal"
From a lustrous silvery color to blue to yellow to purple. This rainbow effect gives jewelry the color of your choice.
- Buyer (and Seller) Beware
How does a pawnshop tell the fake gold jewelry from the real stuff?
- With This Ring...
With a gold ring, share your love and commitment… and a little chemistry too.
- Cadmium and Lead in Costume Jewellery
Some children’s play jewelry has caused concern. What can be done?
- The Chemical Composition of White Gold
Love the idea of gold jewelry, but without the usual color? Gold doesn’t have to be “gold”!
- Composition of Gold Alloys in Colored Gold Jewelry
Thought gold was just, well, gold? You won’t believe this list of colors. See what combo makes each alloy possible.
- The Chemistry of Diamond Rings
Look at the four C’s of diamonds from the perspective of another C—chemistry.
- The Many Facets of Man-Made Diamonds
Diamonds don’t just come from the earth. You’ll also find them in the lab.
- What Makes Diamond Sparkle?
Whoa, light! Slow down a bit there. Diamond coming through.
- Color in Diamonds
Orange Pumpkin. Lady Heart Red. Fancy Vivid Blue. Learn what gives these diamonds their spark of color.
- Rare Blue Diamonds Form Deep, Deep Inside Earth
Why are these rare beauties so rare?
- Testing the Hope Diamond
What’s behind the chemistry mystery of its famous blue glow? It’s elemental, my dear Watson.
- Diamonds on Demand
Is it natural or lab-grown? Who can tell?
- Chemistry of Diamond
Are diamonds young or old? You make the call.
- Diamonds Are for Everything
This carbon wonder isn’t prized for just its sparkle.
- Chemistry Rocks!
The 30th anniversary of National Chemistry Week celebrated 2017 with a calendar featuring gemstones. The anniversary (and 2017) may be over, but you can still enjoy the pictures and descriptions from the calendar.
- The Colour of Alexandrite
Can’t decide between blue or purple-red? This gem lets you do both.
- What Causes the Colour of Gemstones?
What’s your favorite color? Find a gemstone that matches and learn about its chemistry.
- Beauty Isn't Flawless
Take a gander at this garnet. Its chemical irregularities bring beauty.
- Chemistry Birthstone Calendar
Gorgeous photos combo with the chemistry lowdown on each month’s stone. Find yours and learn.
- The Colors of Gemstones
What’s the source of the color? Well, it depends. Take a look at this table.
- A Primer of Gemstones
From A to Z (or agate to zircon), this primer gives you the lowdown on the world’s most prized gemstones.
- Chemistry in the Gem & Mineral Hall
It’s a full module of minerals. Don’t live near the Los Angeles County museum? Adapt its ideas to your own location.
- Trash or Treasure?
Could you spot a doctored gemstone? Learn how the professionals do it.
- What's That Stuff? Opals
Read about this “Queen of Gems.” So beautiful outside, so disordered inside.
- Gems in a Bottle
“For scientists, a gemstone is a message in a bottle.”