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Ask us About QRay

With QRay wellness bracelets and pendants you have greater clarity, you perform at a higher level and you feel more positive.

Antique and Estate Jewellery

Find out the value of your jewellery.

We buy gold and silver: Do you have jewellery that you're ready to part with? We sell and purchase antique and estate jewellery.

Testimonial

I brought Alderwood Jewellery 2 one side of earrings that had great sentimental value. Debbie suggested we combine them into a pendant. I wear this pendant every day and it means alot. Thank you Debbie!

For an unforgettable gift experience, try

  • Diamonds are a girl's best friend. You can't go wrong with a piece of jewelry that will make her shimmer and glow as bright as the diamond! Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, pins, and brooches are all wonderful romantic gifts for her.
  • Something Not Practical: surprise her with something she would never buy for herself. A splurge she would never do... but you know she wants to! Listen throughout the year for ideas… you will hear hints all the time if you are paying attention.
  • If you love nibbling on her ears, earrings are the perfect way to tell her.
  • Women love jewelry and need somewhere beautiful to keep it safe. A lovely jewelry tree is a fantastic gift for a woman. Leave a stunning piece of jewelry on one of the limbs to make it extra fantastic!

For an unforgettable gift experience, try

  • Hide a necklace inside a silky robe.
  • Jewellery with a figure eight symbol for infinity is a meaningful and symbolic gift.
  • Find a jewellery box and for an extra touch, leave a surprise inside like a love note or a new piece of jewellery.
  • Tie a bouquet of flowers with a bracelet.

The color of gold

Different colors of of gold are obtained by alloying gold with other elements in various proportions. For example:

  • Yellow gold: an alloy of copper, silver and gold
  • White gold: an alloy with silver will color gold white, also nickel, manganese or palladium
  • Red gold: an alloy with copper will color gold red

A common yellow gold formulation is a mix of around 50/50 copper and silver, this gives jewellery the range of yellow gold alloys that we are accustomed to seeing in the marketplace. A small amount (0.2%) of zinc can be added to harden the alloy.

White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually silver, nickel, manganese or palladium. A common white gold formulation consists of 90 wt.% gold and 10 wt.% nickel. Copper can be added to increase malleability.

Rose, pink or red gold is a gold and copper alloy used for specialized jewellery. It was popular in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, hence also known as Russian gold.

More unusual colors of gold are green gold, grey cold black gold, purple gold and blue gold.

For an unforgettable gift experience, try

  • Jewellery with a beautiful circular symbol for eternity is a meaningful and symbolic gift.
  • A piece of engraved jewellery with a special love note will be a priceless gift that says so much!
  • A ring holder to hold a special gift you previously gave her... or with a shining new ring... is a wonderful gift.
  • For him - tuck a ring inside a leather wallet.

About diamonds

A diamond (from the ancient Greek adámas, meaning "unbreakable," "proper," or "unalterable") is one of the best-known and most sought-after gemstones. Diamonds have been known to humankind and used as decorative items since ancient times; some of the earliest references can be traced to India.

The hardness of diamond and its high dispersion of light – giving the diamond its characteristic "fire" – make it useful for industrial applications and desirable as jewelry. Diamonds are such a highly traded commodity that multiple organizations have been created for grading and certifying them based on the four Cs, which are carat, cut, color, and clarity. Other characteristics, such as presence or lack of fluorescence, also affect the desirability and thus the value of a diamond used for jewelry.

How are diamonds formed?

Most natural diamonds are formed at high-pressure high-temperature conditions existing at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 120 mi) in the Earth mantle. Carbon-containing minerals provide the carbon source, and the growth occurs over periods from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years (25% to 75% of the age of the Earth). Diamonds are brought close to the Earth surface through deep volcanic eruptions by a magma, which cools into igneous rocks known as kimberlites and lamproites.

How gold is gold?

Getting technical... alloys which are mixed 14 parts gold to 10 parts alloy create 14-karat gold, 18 parts gold to 6 parts alloy creates 18 karat, and so on. This is often expressed as the result of the ratio, i.e.: 14/24 equals 0.585 and 18/24 is 0.750.

The more gold in the alloy, the more yellowish it will appear in color. The karat grade will always indicate the amount of gold in the alloy. For example, 18K = 75% pure gold. So for 18K, this only leaves 25% of the alloy for other metals to make it whiter. This is why 18K white gold is more yellowish than 14K white gold.

At Alderwood Jewellery & Watches we're glad to answer any questions you might have!
Call us at 416.255.4429

Alderwood Jewellery & Watches
856 Browns Line
Etobicoke, Ontario
M8W 3W2
Tel: 416.255.4429
Fax: 416.255.8483
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Hours:
Sun-Mon Closed
Tue 11:30am-6pm
Wed-Fri 9am-6pm
Sat 9am-2pm