Fish tanks are used to decorate many households. In many Asian countries, keeping live fish at home is supposed to bring good luck to the household. Whatever the reason for keeping a fish tank at home you cannot deny the fact that, colorful fish in bubbling water add a fresh and serene touch to the home. In the above video we show you how special water plants can be used to decorate your fish tank. While certain plants in the fish tank are placed only to add beauty, other plants can actually be eaten by the fish too. Many water plants can live with their roots parked in small pebbles and stones. So all you need to do is put a small layer of pebbles at the bottom of the fish tank and place the plants on this layer. Make sure that you wash the plants clean before placing them in the fish tank. This will help to clean up any insect eggs that might cling on to the leaves of the plants. Many fish tanks are decorated with plastic plants that closely resemble natural plants. Nothing wrong with this but for nature lovers, nothing can substitute the lush green look of natural plants. If your fish tank is full of very tiny fish, stiff plants packed densely can cause a fish to get caught within the plant stems. Keep this in mind when choosing the plants for your fish tank.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
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You will often find that readymade jewelry restricts your preferences. Jewelers love to sell readymade jewelry as it is easy to borrow jewelry and place on their shelves. You might for example, see a gorgeus white gold diamond ring but wish that it was made in yellow gold instead. Working on a limited budget, you might prefer to replace the diamonds with white sapphires while leaving the overall design unchanged. A readymade jewelry provider would care little for your preference. You might even end up getting a few serious stares if you walked into a high heeled jewelry store and told them that your budget was not enough to get a diamond gold ring. In these circumstances your best bet would be to go for a custom made ring. But most jewelers do not have production facilities, they are mainly stocking jewelry received on consignment.
Kaisilver, is regarded as the world's best source for custom jewelry. Situated in the heart of the jewelry industry in Thailand, we work with 3,500 of the finest craftsmen. 7 Designers create jewelry suited for all lifestyles, men's and ladies custom jewelry is made with your designs or ours. When it comes to gemstones, few jewelers can match our preferential access to over 200 million carats of gem stones. Every gem stone is handpicked and custom but by skilled gemstone cutters. We provide custom jewelry in gold or sterling silver and since the same production and design team works on custom jewelry made in gold or silver, quality is never compromised. Visit our website and email us your requirements. http://www.kaisilver.com
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Useful links related to this article:
(a) Information about the MAN32 custom men's fashion ring can be found here: http://www.gemstonejewelry.kaijewels.com/man-fashion-ring-kj-01.htm
(b) A collection of men's fashion jewelry is provided at this link: http://www.gemstonejewelry.kaijewels.com/man-fashion-jewelry-kj-01.htm
(c) See a range of white gold rings for men at this link: http://www.jewellery.kaijewels.com/man-white-gold-ring.htm
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Get more information on this leapord quartz pendant at this link: http://www.angjewels.com/stone-pendant-ang-01.htm or visit the Angjewels website at this link: http://www.angjewels.com/ The site promises to continue delivering affordable jewelry for everyone.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
However, the meaning and tradition of the cladagh ring has today made the ring very popular among ladies and men. The main difference between the cladagh ring worn by ladies and men would be the, difference in dimensions and weight. Since mens rings are generally larger, a cladagh male ring would need higher metal weight to ensure that it is strong and sturdy. This becomes an important factor when pricing gold male cladagh rings. The prices of gold have increased by over 70% in the past 7 to 8 years, a heavy gold ring would today carry a hefty price tag. This probably is one of the most important reasons why, sterling silver male claddagh rings have a higher popularity among males. Making a light weight gold cladagh ring also makes the ring fragile and it can bend or dent easily. Reputed jewelers like Kaisilver have constantly advised buyers that a sturdy silver ring is always better than a lightweight flimsy gold ring. High pressure selling tactics adopted by other jewelry sellers does not allow them to make such honest and straightforward recommendations.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It is not just the issue of looking at things positively, there are some solid advantages that can be derived from high fuel prices. It's time that we became aware of it. For one, thing mankind would realize how limited natural fuels are. This would spur research and development to develop other sources of energy. At the same time, devices that use fuel will be designed to work more efficiently and consume less energy. With more research in more countries, the chances of finding an alternate to oil are high, something that could reduce the importance of the OPEC.
To reign in the power and fury of the dragon and the sun, you will need a sturdy silver ring to go with this pendant. Do not forget to budget for that too, this is one more reason why a silver dragon pendant with a strong and sturdy silver chain makes a good choice. Various civilizations have given different interpretations both good and bad, to the dragon. The Chinese believed that if properly applied, the power of the dragon could keep away evils. We have more information on this dragon pendant at this link: http://www.manpendant.kaijewels.com/man-dragon-pendant-kj-01.htm Also get an idea of the type of silver chains that would be suitable for this imposing sterling silver dragon pendant: http://www.manpendant.kaijewels.com/chain-man-pendant-all-kj-09.htm
Saturday, June 14, 2008
After having read the above paragraph, spend a few moments and observe the image of the SCN025 Thai silk scarf. The rich design and excellent silk fabric cannot be reproduced by mass produced imitations. Few sellers like Kaisilver try to keep the tradition of Thai silk alive. A handpicked selection of Thai silk scarves can be seen on their website at this link: http://www.kaisilver.com/scarf-style-th09-ks.htm Take a look and think about the rich heritage of mankind that is rapidly being replaced by more easily made imitations.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
A diamond ring is one jewel that most ladies would love to wear. Diamond rings are worn for casual wear and also as special occassion rings. Diamond wedding rings and engagement rings are most popular with buyers blessed with substantial budgets. But, what few jewelers would tell you is that it is possible to have diamond ring at a modest price. The first step would be to work with a custom jeweler who would be willing to make your diamond ring based on your requirements and budget. Most jewelers in U.S and Europe do not have their own production facilities, a standard set of readymade diamond rings are imported from countries where skilled craftsmen and low prices exist. The buyer is then forced to make a choice from a collection of standard designs and styles. The jeweler expects to make a huge margin from every diamond ring sold, this limits the buyers to a select few who have lots of money to spare.
So what about the rest of us who cannot afford those extravagant price tags? Kaisilver recently displayed the results of it's latest project, The Affordable Diamond Ring Project. This project aimed at creating a collection of genuine diamond rings that looked good without being flimsy and weak. The task is achieved by allowing buyers a complete customization process of every diamond ring ordered. Buyers can choose a design, change the dimensions and select the size and grade of diamonds that suit their budget. With a production team that includes over 3,500 skilled craftsmen, each diamond ring is custom made to perfection. A designing team comprising 7 top notch designers is at hand to advise buyers regarding design options and suitability. Top executives compared the process of buying a diamond ring to buying a car or a house. Only a fraction of car buyers can afford the latest Rolls Royce but that does not keep them away from buying a car. The same is true of home buyers too, we all love the house that we purchase even if it is not the hottest property in town.
Here are some related links that will give you a better idea of that the 'Affordable Diamond Ring' project can do for you. The awesome RG180 diamond ring shown here is fully described at this link: http://www.kaisilver.com/band-diamond-wedding-01.htm You can also see more diamond rings from Kaisilver at this link: http://diamondrings.customjewelry.org.uk/ If you are not very familiar with diamond rings, we would suggest that you read more about them before you start any selection, there is a great report on this link: http://www.claddagh-rings.com/articles/diamond-ring-information.htm Detailed information that few other jewelers would care or dare to provide is revealed on the above links.
Friday, May 9, 2008
You can also access one of the most comprehensive resources dedicated to men's wedding rings at this link: http://www.man-wedding-ring.com
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Most buyers could answer this question themselves if, their jeweler had provided clear explanations regarding the properties of a fire opal gemstone. In any case, let's try to understand the fire opal gemstone here. Every gemstone has it's own properties that need to be considered when wearing or cleaning the gemstone, so do not be put off by what you hear about the fire opal gemstone. Firstly, moisture is an important component of all opals and fire opal is no exception. The beauty of any opal depends to a significant degree on this naturally existing moisture in the gemstone. If you expose your fire opal to heated conditions, the moisture could evaporate and take away the beauty of the gemstone. Remember, that the fire opal gemstone can break when struck by physical impact. So if you wore your fire opal jewelry all day long and did chores like cleaning, washing etc, the possibility of the gemstone being struck by physical impact increases. Chemicals and detergents can also affect the fire opal negatively, you surely do not want to wash clothes or wash your hands while wearing your fire opal ring. Similarly avoid ultrasonic cleaners to wash fire opal gem stone jewelry. There have been a few cases where fire opal gems have cracked when exposed to extreme changes in temperature. The emphasis here is on the word extreme. You should probably worry about this if you are living in a room that is very cold and then walk out into an area where the temperature is very hot. The problem of fire opals cracking with extreme and sudden changes in temperature are very rare so no undue worry is called for.
Before you decide that the fire opal is a very fussy gemstone think about this. If you had an expensive sapphire ring, would you not look after it with great care? Would you not wear the ring only on special occassions and then safely store it away once you returned home? Most of us would answer yes to these questions, then why the worry over the fire opal gemstone? The answer is simple, for all it's beauty and rarity the fire opal gemstone is very modestly priced. People therefore feel that a cheap gemstone is not worth that much caring for!. If you share these ideas too, the sooner you forget them the better. Value your jewelry for the satisfaction it gives you, once you did this you would care for your fire opal ring or other fire opal jewelry as if it were the best jewel in your collection.
Get more information on the fire opal gem stone at this link: http://www.newsletter.kaijewels.com/news015.htm Check out some high quality opal ring designs at this link: http://opalrings.customjewelry.org.uk/
Saturday, April 5, 2008
The price for a heart pendant would depend on the type of pendant that you select. Each one of us would fix a budget for a heart pendant based on the occassion for which we are buying the jewel. Valentine's gifts that are exchanged between college students and casual friends could include light weight gold or sterling silver heart pendants. If you were gifting a heart pendant to your wife for her birthday, genuine gemstone heart pendants are a great choice. The PG028 heart pendant is an awesome jewel that flaunts a 30+ carat genuine, handpicked and custom cut heart shaped swiss blue topaz gemstone. Not many gemstones can be found in this size and your choice for genuine gemstone heart pendants would most likely be limited to, swiss blue topaz, london blue topaz, white topaz, sky blue topaz, amethyst, black onyx, turqoise (stabilized), lemon quartz etc. The concept of 'large' in gemstones depends on the type of gemstone that you choose. In the case blue topaz, a heart shaped pendant could be ordered with a gemstone that is even more than 50 carats. However, if you consider a pink tourmaline or green tourmaline heart pendant limit your gemstone size expectation to around 3 to 4 carats at best. On the other hand, a gemstone like ruby, sapphire, emerald and tanzanite can carry hefty price tags as the gemstone size increases beyond 2 carats.
The above design is surely not the only design for a silver or gold heart pendant. You could infact have a solid gold or silver heart pendant with no gemstone at all. If you are on a limited budget but need a ruby, sapphire, emerald, tanzanite or even a diamond pendant consider a simple design. This design could be a simple frame in the shape of a heart, set small gemstones or diamonds all around the edge of the frame. You could also have a sterling silver or gold heart pendant and include a small heart shaped gemstone at the center of the pendant. These are just some design concepts that might interest you when choosing a heart shaped gold or silver pendant.
The metal for your heart pendant could be gold or sterling silver. Remember that it is better to get a well made, sturdy silver heart pendant rather than waste your money on a light weight flimsy gold heart pendant. A light weight heart pendant can bend and dent easily, most cheap heart pendants will have loosely mounted gems. You risk losing the gemstone and incurring frequent repair expenses with such jewels. If you would like a silver heart pendant, consider an antique design. Jewelry with artistic designs look gorgeous when made in sterling silver. Silver is ofcourse more economical as compared to gold.
When working on a budget for your heart pendant, keep the chain in mind. Will you be gifting the chain too? Would you expect the receiver to buy a chain to wear the heart pendant on? If you prefer to gift the chain and pendant work on the price point for each of them. You might find it more feasible in such cases to choose a sterling silver heart pendant with a sterling silver chain. As we had mentioned above, the budget that each person would allot for a heart pendant would depend on the occassion.
If you are interested in a heart pendant like the PG028, read more details regarding gemstone options and sizes at this link: http://www.kaisilver.com/pg028_01.htm Evaluate the design specifications, the information could guide you in making the right decision no matter where you buy your heart pendant from. A classic 3 diamond heart shaped pendant that is surprisingly affordable can be seen at this link: http://www.kaisilver.com/diamond-heart-pendant-ks-01.htm
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
More Thai dessert recipes can be seen at this link: http://www.food-recipe-cooking.com/thai-food-desserts-01.htm
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
It is true that most jewelers do not prefer to make silver rings for men, this relates not only to men's silver ring but to all silver jewelry. Gold jewelry offers better profit margins for the jeweler, a light weight junk gold jewel is often peddled with much fanfare and publicity! At the same time it is also true that many buyers, do not understand the meaning of a true high end silver men's ring. There is a big difference between a mass produced sterling silver men's ring and a silver ring that is custom made with good weight, craftsmanship and gem stones. A custom ring could contain the gem stone of your choice, it would also have a weight that is proportionate to your ring size and dimensions. Mass produced jewelry is made to please mass markets, compromise on quality, metal weight and even gem stone options are required to do this.
You should therefore look for a jeweler who is willing to make a good quality custom sterling silver men's ring for you. This might not be an easy task but keep looking and you will surely find one. If you are looking for a sterling silver men's ring for a special occassion like a wedding, engagement or birthday provide sufficient time for the search. A custom jeweler would surely need to make your custom silver men's ring from scratch, the gem stone will be custom cut as required by the mounting too. Get more information and ideas for your men's sterling silver ring from this link http://www.jewellery.kaijewels.com/man-sterling-silver-ring.htm
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Along with the rapid development of online trade has come another new but, unwelcome development. This is related to the threats to online security and privacy. There was a time when the trust that was required to trade only related to the buyer and seller. Things are different today, the party that poses an online threat could be neither a buyer nor a seller. The other important thing to understand is that, the number and severity of threats is constantly increasing. It is today possible for a financially healthy business, to get financially crippled by some of these threats.
Ideally it is the seller who should take the pains to explain these threats to prospective buyers. The buyer can then do a transaction with caution and take necessary steps to reduce or eliminate the chances of such threats. Sellers however fear that, informing buyers could keep them (buyers) away from completing transactions online. Very few online sellers are willing to educate buyers, Kaisilver has been a pioneer in increasing public awareness regarding online security threats. An extensive blog is maintained to explain the latest threats to online security. You can visit the blog at: http://extrajewel.com/security
Friday, February 15, 2008
At this point, the gemstones would be protruding above the depressions in the metal mountings and will not be flush with the mounting. The mounting with the gemstones stuck is left to dry for around 24 to 36 hours. The gems firmly stick themselves to the mounting and the next process begins. In this phase the ring is polished, this is done with the metal and gemstones. The gemstones are polished off, the portion that extends above the mounting would now be flush with the metal. The final result can be seen in the image shown above.
After reading the above process you will realize that, the glue is an important component of the ring. There are no prongs or metal borders to hold the gemstone in place. The glue will weaken if the ring is soaked in water or any other liquid. Ultrasonic cleaners should never be used to clean inlay rings. Further, ver few jewelers are equipped with the equipment and skill necessary to create or repair an inlay ring. Replacing loose inlaid gems would therefore be a tough and expensive issue. For this reason it is important to keep your inlay ring safe and avoid soaking it. Heated conditions could also weaken the glue, so avoid this too. It is normally believed that, dry environments increase the lifespan of inlay rings. Humid conditions probably affect the firmness of the glue mounting.
More details of inlay rings and ways to look after inlay rings can be found in this highly informative jewelry newsletter. http://www.newsletter.kaijewels.com/news011.htm
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
It is true that most jewelers give a shabby treatment to buyers wishing to buy silver rings. Good designs and craftsmanship for silver rings is quite hard to find. Infact it has almost been accepted as a rule that, silver rings will be made with low quality gems and crude craftsmanship. Not everyone who wishes to wear a silver ring does so just because it is cheaper than gold. The classic touch and appearance of a silver ring has earned it a substantial loyal following. The importance of silver rings has also been highlighted due to the prohibitive price of gold. Designers continue to design gold rings with increasingly lower weights, this results in a compromise on longterm durability. Simple reasoning should convince you that, a good quality and well made silver ring is better than a light weight piece of junk made in gold. Ofcourse, there is nothing wrong if you can afford a high priced gold ring that is made with sufficient gold weight.
It is also not necessary that gemstones in silver rings should be manmade or very low quality natural gems. Many natural gems are modestly priced and can be used in silver jewelry. Gems like peridot, citrine, amethyst, blue topaz, garnet, onyx, carnelian, quartz and quite a few more can be had in good color and quality. So do not believe a jeweler who makes you believe that a silver ring with a good quality natural gem stone is not possible to find or make. The same is true of the design for your silver ring, it is possible to make a single piece good quality silver ring with, good design, weight and gemstone. Such a ring will ofcourse not be as cheap as a mass produced machine pumped silver ring, mass production is always bundled with low quality craftsmanship. If you are willing to understand that a single piece silver ring will involve putting in a lot of individual attention and effort, then understanding the price tag of a good quality custom silver ring will not be a problem.
The silver rings shown on this page display an exclusive collection of good quality silver rings. Each ring is made as per buyer specifications with a gemstone selected by the buyer. There is no compromise on metal weight and no compromise on quality of craftsmanship. The rings are shown here with courtsey of http://www.silverrings.kaijewels.com the world's largest online provider of high quality custom jewelry in gold or sterling silver. Read the information on the link and know what to request and expect when you are looking for a silver ring.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Rice grains that are harvested are first processed to take off the top stiff layer called 'husk', this is done for both white rice and brown rice. Below the husk layer of the rice seed is a reddish brown layer, which is like a think skin hugging the grain, this is called bran. The above image shows that brown layer, this is what gives brown rice the brown color. If you had to go one step further and process these brown rice grains, you would get the white rice that most of us eat. A special polishing process is adopted to 'rub' off this bran layer from the seeds. Avoid the polishing process and you will get unpolished brown rice.
Now, the bran layer is a bit stiff and is what gives cooked brown rice it's rich, whole and nutty flavour. This layer needs to be softened in the cooking process, the soaking of brown rice does just that. The brown rice grains are soaked in water for 25 to 30 minutes to soften the bran layer. Once this is done, the cooking process that is normally followed for conventional white rice can be used for brown rice too. Some cook books recommend extra cooking time to instead of soaking brown rice but, this is not recommend. Too much of cooking will surely destroy some of the nutrients in brown rice. It is therefore advisable to soak brown rice before cooking.
More information regarding brown rice and other food ingredients can be found at this link: http://www.food-recipe-cooking.com/thai-food-ingredients-01.htm The website is a non-profit based website maintained by the www.kaisilver.com the leading online custom jeweller.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Most cooks are familiar with ginger, however there is one ingredient in Thai food that is very often confused for ginger. This is galangal or kalangal, observe the above image and you will agree that galangal does look quite similar to ginger. However, you should know that galangal is not the same as danger. It is very often used in cooking Thai food and is available in fresh form or as dried powder. You will also find galangal being sold as a ready to use paste.
The cooking process for galangal and ginger is quite similar but, galangal has a distinct peppery flavour. You can get more details regarding galangal at this link: http://www.thaifood.food-recipe-cooking.com/galangal-01.htm and a more complete list of thai food ingredients can be found at this link: http://www.food-recipe-cooking.com/thai-food-ingredients-01.htm
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Another gemstone that is condsidered to be the March birth stone is the bloodstone. Mankind has known this gemstone for many centuries. People value this gem stone not only as the March birth stone but also for it's metaphysical properties. Some people believe that wearing a bloodstone jewel helps blood circulation and cures blood related diseases. In countries like China and India, bloodstone is powdered and used as an ingredient in traditional medicines.
This March birthstone is infact red jasper with red spots. Scientifically, these red spots are due to the presence of ferrous salts, but many Christians believed that they were spots of blood of Christ. Understanding the physical properties of the gemstone is very important, most bloodstone is cut into smooth (cabachon) unfaceted gems. The bloodstone that is currently mined is almost fully green, the red spots would be barely visible. Another thing to note about this birth stone for the month of March is that, cut bloodstone is normally coated with a thin layer of material. This gives the gemstone a shine and also helps bind the gemstone. If you get a bloodstone ring remember not to soak the ring in water, this could ruin the upper coating. An uncoated bloodstone would look dull and lifeless. If you are looking for a bloodstone jewel for it's metaphysical properties, choose a pendant instead of a ring. This is because a pendant would be subjected to far less wear and tear as compared to a ring.
The above information has been provided from the following links, you can get more information at these sites. For information on the MAN64 aquamarine birthstone ring, visit this link: http://www.jewellery.kaijewels.com/man-birth-stone-ring.htm A complete report on the bloodstone can be found here: http://www.jewelry.kaijewels.com/bloodstone-gem-stone-kj-01.htm Some of the most detailed jewelry information is available at this link: http://www.kaijewels.com/
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Most of us would select a pendant by looking at it's external appearance, the next thing that would be considered is the gemstone color and type. There is nothing wrong with this process of selecting a pendant but, another important factor needs to be considered. The life of the pendant would depend on the pendant design, craftsmanship and also the shape and cut of the gemstone. We have explained this below with a brief example.
Look at the pendant design PG1007 shown above, it consists of a very simple design concept. A rectangular shaped gemstone is mounted in gold or sterling silver. Give the design a second look and you will realize that, the pointed corners of the gemstone have been neatly covered with gold. This seemingly minor design feature, goes a long way in adding durability to the pendant. A pendant with the corners exposed could very soon develop cracks and chips on the corners.
This is something that every jeweller and most jewelry designers are aware of but, choose to ignore. The reason is that every sellers is hard pressed to create jewelry that pleases mass markets. One of the surest way to please mass markets is to make pendants with low metal weight. This is even more true in the case of sterling silver pendants. Compromising on metal weight works for the jeweller as he is able to flaunt a 'friendly' price tag. Unfortunately it is the buyer who loses in the longterm. The initial savings for a cheap pendant soon turn into a nightmare, expensive repairs and replacements would soon become necessary.
Keep this issue in mind when choosing the design for your pendant. Few of us buy jewellery every week or even every month. We would like our jewelry to look good and stay in shape for a long time. While good care and attention can help, it is necessary for the jewel to have a basically sound design concept. If your jeweller does not care about the longterm condition of what he sells, it is time that you started educating yourself about this.
The PG1007 design has been shown here with the permission of http://www.kaisilver.com/pendnt01.htm a few other excellent pendant design options can be seen at the same link.