When I came across this I had to share it. I am an animal lover and cats are at the top of the list. Probably because I have two of them and that is the animal I spend most of my time with. I do see other animals everyday but out in the yard. Today there were the usual squirrels and chipmunks with the birds. As the evening approached there was a raccoon. I believe it is a pregnant female because she is not easily persuaded to leave. Every year there is a female raccoon that has babies nearby and then brings them to the yard to raid the bird feeders. I think our yard has become a tradition handed down from mother to daughter raccoon every year. Just about an hour ago there was a black bear. It then started to rain and has been quiet ever since. I digress ….. this pendant is fabulous. The expression on the kitties face is magnificent. I don’t know if this solid gold cat is talking or hissing at an enemy. I think talking …. Maybe he is just guarding the 16 grams of 14k gold the pendant is made of. I am writing this post 6/5/2014 and the pendant is marked down 47%.
In the first part of this how-to feature Choose and Engagement Ring I discussed choosing a shape for the center stone. In this post you will find out a little bit about the type of metal to pick. An engagement ring is something that she will wear every day, hopefully for the rest of her life. You want a precious metal so that her finger does not turn green. The first step is whether you are looking for silver or gold tone. This is important because your wedding bands will be the same type of metal / color as the engagement ring. Some people are allergic to gold and wearing it on a finger day in and day out can become a problem. White gold is made with a coating of Rhodium which gives it the white/silver color. The problem with white gold is that the Rhodium will eventually wear off and you will see the yellow color of the gold. If there is an allergy issue a different metal is best. Platinum is a white precious metal.
The differences between gold and platinum vary.
Gold is harder than platinum and it will keep a shine longer.
Platinum will develop a satin / matte finish over time but this does not affect the quality of the metal. Platinum is heavier than gold.
The thing that will make the biggest difference when buying platinum vs gold is the price. Platinum is 2.5 to 5 times more expensive than gold.
There is also a gold tone called rose gold which is beautiful. The option of two-tone rings is also very popular.
Gold Engagement Ring
A couple of my choices in yellow gold are shown. Clicking on the links will take you to an area where you can easily search for a ring. You can enter the size of the stone, the quality, the type of metal and more into the search. This will make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.
Two Tone Gold
I picked one of the many rings in the Solitaire section. I recommend a six prong setting if possible. It is harder to loose the stone and it makes the diamond look bigger.
This is one of my favorite designs with stones on either side. There are many more gold engagement rings with more than the center stone.
Choose a platinum engagement rings
Backyard Bird Photographs
Taken with my Olympus camera. Watching these beautiful creatures is a treat that I am thankful to be able to share.
Hummingbird at a feeder out front
Cardinal and Snow Bird share a snowy afternoon together in the yard
Stunned Gold Finch after flying into the widows
Red Belly Woodpecker keeps our trees insect free 🙂
Pileated Woodpecker does major woodwork on the trees
Red Breasted Grosbeak under the feeder
One more glass victim, my husband is holding him.
I think this Gold Finch did not want to leave. My husband, Dean was bouncing him on his hand trying to get him ready to fly off
I was home alone when this Titmouse hit the window so I had to get down to ground level for a good shot.
This is a great camera to take wildlife and nature photographs