While October is dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer, the month shouldn't be the end of our fight against the disease. We are sharing an info-graphic about breast cancer and the different ways you can protect yourself. Read on to find out how you can protect yourself and others around you.
Christmas Eve has many of its own customs and traditions. The most widely practiced one that still exists today is going to a Midnight Mass Church Service. In many countries, especially Catholic ones such as Spain, Mexico, Poland and Italy, this is the most important Church service of the Christmas season. People might fast during Christmas Eve (don't eat any meat or fish usually) and then the main Christmas meal is often eaten after the Midnight Mass Service in these countries. In some other countries, such as Belgium, Finland, Lithuania and Denmark the meal is eaten in the evening and you might go to a Midnight Service afterwards!
The Midnight Mass Communion Service was a very special one as it was the only one that was allowed to start after sunset and before sunrise of the next day, so it was held at Midnight!
Christmas Eve is also the day when people in some countries, like Germany, Sweden and Portugal exchange their presents. I think Santa must have those countries on his extra early list! Christmas Eve is also Santa's busiest day of the year when he has to travel over 220 million to get to every house on earth! You can see where Santa's got to go on.
In many European countries including Germany, Serbia and Slovakia, Christmas Eve is the day when the Christmas tree is brought into the house and decorated.
It was also traditional to bring the Yule Log into the house and light it on Christmas Eve. It was lit using a piece of the previous years log and then would burnt non-stop until Twelfth Night (night of the 5th January/Day of 6th January). Tradition also said that any greenery such as Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe should only be taken into the house on Christmas Eve.
It's also the time that the wonderful book 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens is set and that going out Carol singing was and still is very popular. In the past, if you weren't carol singing, in parts of the UK, you might go out wassailing or mumming.
There were lots of superstitions in the UK that said girls could find out the initials, or even have visions, of the person they would marry on Christmas Eve! This was often done by cooking a special cake called a 'dumb cake'. You were supposed to make the cake in silence and prick your initials into the top. When you went to bed, you left the cake by the fire hearth and your true love was supposed to coming in at midnight and prick his initials next to yours!
Other Christmas Eve superstitions included that farm and wild animals would kneel at midnight in honor of Jesus being born or that they could even talk!
“How do you tell the difference between a natural diamond and an artificial stone?”....This is one of the most common questions that we, along with many other experts, are asked. Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that it is nearly impossible to spot with the naked eye. But the good news is that there are a whole bunch of tests that you can do yourself to make sure you aren’t duped into buying a fake stone.
1. Inspect your diamonds with a jeweller’s loupe.
Firstly, a loupe is a magnifying glass that is used by jewellers to view gemstones and their setting under 10x magnification. Because real diamonds are created by the forces of mother-nature they will have sharp edges and carry tiny inclusions within their structure. When you compare a real diamond to a fake stone, the fake will be absolutely perfect i.e. no inclusions and rounded edges.
Now, we would like to caution you that there are diamonds that are Lab-grown, and they too have perfect internal structures. So before you go throwing away perfect gems, you might want an expert to have a closer look at it.
2. Check the quality of the setting and look for metal stamps
When you’re inspecting the setting, you will notice tiny etchings that will state what metal is used, like 9K, 14K,and 18K for gold, and 0.925 for silver. If the piece is plated, then it’s most likely that the stone isn’t a diamond. Because why would anyone mount a brilliant stone in cheap metal? You should also check the quality of the setting. If the setting is poor, that probably means that the diamond isn’t going to be real either.
3. Fakes fog up
Just like a foggy bathroom mirror, a fake diamond will fog up when you breathe hot air over it. But a real diamond will not have the same reaction. In fact, it won’t even fog up slightly; instead it will disperse the heat instantly.
4. Try the rainbow test
Many of us tend to think that diamonds sparkle like rainbows, but they don’t. Diamonds actually have a sparkle that is unique to them. On the inside, you will see a gray and white sparkle called brilliance while on the outside it will reflect rainbows on other surfaces (this dispersion of light is known as fire). But if the stone throws rainbows on it’s inside, then it’s a sure sign that the diamond is a fake.
5. Test the stone’s refractivity
Fakes can imitate a diamond's brilliance, but when it comes to refraction it is much lower than a natural diamond. Diamonds sparkle because of the way they bend light. Like if you rest an unmounted diamond on a sheet of paper, light will scatter inside it preventing a black reflection. But a fake will simply behave like a piece of glass; you’ll be able to see right through it , and maybe even read through it, depending on its size. If your stone is mounted, you can test its refractivity by simply looking through it; if you can see all the way down till the mount, then the stone probably isn’t a diamond.
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Jewellery has been around for many years, influencing cultures and inspiring many modern designs. Roam the streets of Colaba or stroll around the Delhi promenades, no matter where you go you will still find a distinct number of men and women who have an unmistakable fetish for jewellery.
Jewellery was first developed as pieces of treasure that were crafted specifically for royalty and aristocrats. But over time, to make jewellery less expensive and more accessible, imitation jewellery was developed.
Now, although imitation jewellery serves its purpose as low priced copies of popular jewellery brands, there are major differences between imitation and fine jewellery.
- Have you ever noticed the green discolouration on your skin after you have worn a piece of imitation jewellery? That’s because imitation jewellery is made from zinc or lead. When the metals mix with your skin, the chemicals lead behind this green impression of your jewellery.
- You will notice that after a couple of times, you end up with jewellery that has blacked. Now this does happen to silver jewellery, but it can be recovered by simply cleaning it. But with imitation jewellery oxidization of the metal will mean that it is time you throw it away.
- Imitation jewellery is low priced because of the quality of metals, and also the gemstones used to make it. The gemstones used on imitations are usually plastic or cubic zirconium. Compared to natural diamonds, plastic and cubic zirconium has a very glassy effect, and has a comparatively duller sparkle.
- Some of you may find that when it comes to fine jewellery that it tends to be heavy on your pocket. Even though this may be true, the value of gold is always increasing every year, so you can not only recover the money spent on your gold jewellery, but also make money off it.
- Fine jewellery made from precious metals such as gold and platinum if cared for properly can last long enough to become family heirlooms. This isn’t really possible for imitation jewellery, because the metals from which is made are comparatively weaker that precious metals.
- Many tend to be allergic to different metals and alloys used to make imitation jewellery. This is when some end up with red and itchy skin. But gold, silver and other precious metals have hypoallergenic properties. This means that the wearer’s skin will not react to the metal of the jewellery.
Shop at Raditant Bay(link) and continue in your endeavour of constant experimentation with jewellery.