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133+ Things to do in Puerto Vallarta for your Holidays
Puerto Vallarta is nowadays a reknown destination for holidays for both Mexicans and North Americans and also a great place for retirement. Being known as an heavenly destination, it is also a great place for business and investment.
With more than 6 200 000 tourists flying to Puerto Vallarta in 2022 (which 57% came from abroad) and more than 35 000 US and Canadian citizens living in Puerto Vallarta, the town offers a great deal of activities and things to do to enjoy your stay or living in Puerto Vallarta.
Panaramic view of Los Arcos from the shore
As I have been living more than ten years in Puerto Vallarta for business purpose, I have discovered many things to do here with my Mexican friends. I wish I could say I have done it all, but I still have some activities to check on this list of more than 133 activities to do in Puerto Vallarta.
Paraiba Tourmaline Stone: Price and History of a Unique Gemstone
The Paraiba tourmaline stone is a fine stone still little known to the general public and yet it cannot leave anyone indifferent as its colors and the incredible story of its discovery mark the spirits.
Discovered at the end of the 80s by a solitary miner from a poor state in Brazil, its story is like a fairy tale and this stone, rarer and more expensive than diamonds, has become the fetish jewel of jewelry designers and investors.
Wiccan pendant: a 7 pointed star
Esotericism or Wicca is concerned with shapes and symbols as well as the power of stones and nature in general.
So that it is particularly suitable as a subject for jewelry combining both esoteric symbols and natural stones.
We present you the manufacture of an esoteric pendant made of solid silver and gemstones according to the indications of a customer who has created her own jewelry design via our dedicated service.
It is a pendant 50 mm in diameter with two heptagrams, one is inscribed in the other and 8 stones set around the periphery and the center of the pendant.
The central moonstone of the pendant is bigger than the others.
Custom Masonic Ring
Freemasonry has existed for centuries and uses symbols from its origins in the art of building, such as the square and compas that are the most emblematic symbols of freemasonry around the world.
These are the basic tools of the builders of the ancient time, when the freemasonry emerged back in the 13th century in England.
It should be noted that these symbols are also shared with the companions of duty and other workers' guilds around the world, which let us understand the impact freemasonry had beyong its inner circle.
It is therefore normal to see on most masonic rings these symbols reproduced in the form of engravings or moldings.
In the case of the project presented here, it is an 18-karats white-gold Freemason ring surmounted by a natural onyx stone receiving in its center the square and the 18-karats yellow gold compass.
Freemason ring made in 18 carat white and yellow gold, via our custom-made ring creation service
11 Easy Tips to Choose the Right Engagement Ring for Her
Getting engaged surely is an important step in life, but it can be a real headache for the fiancé when comes the moment to choose the engagement ring.
Choosing the right engagement ring you want to offer to your fiancée isn't an easy task.
The issues to be faced by the fiancé are many :
- what style and ring design does she like?
- what's her finger size ?
- which stone to choose ? diamond or gemstone ?
- how to choose a diamond ?
- which metal will fit for the ring ?
- will my budget be enough ?
Mexican Opal Mine: Hunting Opals in Magdalena de los Opalos
The small town of Magdalena de los Opalos is worth a visit, although it is a bit far from the city of Puerto Vallarta. Indeed, this town of 16,000 inhabitants is of a typical Mexican style, its very clean streets allow you to walk around the central square and the surrounding streets while enjoying the freshness that you cannot find in Puerto Vallarta. The many opal mines surrounding the city have made it a recognized place of exchange for this gem and the visit of the mines as well as the search for opals for leisure have made it an interesting tourist destination to spend a day or two there.
Soccer Championship Ring for the 2022 World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is the sporting event of the year 2022. And it is all the more interesting for jewelers since the 2018 edition, with the victory of the French soccer team, gave rise to the creation of a soccer championship ring to celebrate this victory.
This ring, completely devoid of the style of American championship rings, was made by Los Angeles jeweler Jason Arasheben.
This massive ring is interesting in terms of design, but may disappoint some football fans in the sense that we do not know how to differentiate it from other American style championship rings made for championships of other sports such as American football or basketball.
Custom 24k Gold Jewelry
When it comes to jewelry, 24k gold is the most precious metal you could use to make a unique jewelry. For most precious it is, pure gold has some constraints you should be aware of.
Three main particularities characterize 24k gold:
Color: 24k gold is obviously yellow, deep yellow and only yellow. As being pure gold, it is not possible to have pure gold of different color as it has not been mixed with any other metal. (white gold and rose gold are the result of pure gold mixed with other metals that change its color).
Softness: 24k gold is also a soft metal that is quite easy to bend compared to 18k gold or enve 22k gold. So jewelry made from pure gold has to be thicker than 18k gold jewelry to withstand the everyday life being worn during decades.
Weight: density of 24k gold is 19,5 while 18k gold density is 15,4. So every jewelry made in pure gold is almost 30% heavier than the same jewelry made of 18k gold. Obviously, this affects the price of our 24k jewelry as it is heavier and 1 gram of pure gold is more expensive than 1 gram of 18k gold.
Taking into account this information, these are the reason not all jewelry is made of 24k gold and why 24k gold jewelry really stands out of conventionnal jewelry.
Here after, we present different custom jewelry projects made of 24k gold.
Custom Emerald Engagement Ring
When it comes to proposal, surprising your fiancée with a unique engagement ring design is by far one of the best feeling a man can feel.
While custom diamond ring designs are the norm for proposals, going sideways choosing a unique an mysterious precious stone as the emerald is a sure way to surprise her and make your engagement ring colourful.
Of course, be sure emerald is a stone that she loves.
Emerald stones were considered precious for centuries, by far before diamonds were even know all over the world.
In the case of this emerald engagement ring making, we are going to show you all the steps our clients went through to create a truly unique emerald ring so he could propose his fiancée with one of a kind ring.
Hand-Crafting Unique Engagement Rings
When comes the moment of the proposal, it is easier to do it with the right engagement ring.
You may have the best proposal idea, but having THE perfect engagement ring hand-made and personnalized for her will give you confidence to popose her with a YES as an answer.
You will discover here various unique engagement ring designs hand-crafted in our jewelry worshop so you can discover how to can start with an idea and finish with a stunning piece of jewelry that will impact your whole life.
2.5 ct Diamond Engagement Ring
Whether for an engagement or to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a diamond ring is the most sought-after jewel for this kind of occasion.
In the case of this diamond ring project, we show you step by step the designing and creation of a custom engagement ring made of a triple shank set with a large oval 1,7 carat diamond. You will notice on the picture that the shank is set with 1,6 millimeter round diamonds for a total de 1,7 carat of diamond.
In total, this ring is set with 2,5 carat of diamond.
Antique Byzantine Silver Ring Making
The reproduction of antique jewelry is an opportunity to recreate and appropriate pieces of history that fascinate us, both for their design, so different from modern jewelry, and for their history, which reminds us of the origin of our civilization.
The British Museum in London exhibits incredible Byzantine rings, which recall the splendor of the Byzantine Empire, pearl of the Orient at a time when Christianity was very present there.
We therefore had the opportunity for one of our customers to reproduce one of these rings that you can find here on their site.
Intaglio Ring: from Antiquity to the present day
Intaglio rings are not at all fashionable, they are not even known to the general public at all.
And yet, everything about these rings is fascinating, whether it's their method of manufacture, which hasn't really changed over the centuries, or their millennial history, which bears the traces of the many civilizations that have preceded ours and left their mark for the making of modern intaglio rings.
To open the chapter of intaglio ring is to delve into the history of the world and antiquity, myths and legends, a fascinating world full of adventures, fantastic beasts, gods, but also everyday objects and life scenes from antiquity in Egypt, Mesopotamia or the Roman Empire.
14K Gold Watch Bracelet Making
Gold watches are, for men, the ultimate luxury jewel.
Elegant and easy to wear, the watches are discreet while being an object of admiration because of their mechanical complexity and the aura of the brands that design and manufacture them.
In this case, we were able to craft a 14K white gold bracelet for our client who wanted it for his Patek Phillip 5054 18K gold luxury watch.
Sapphire Stone Jewelry Guide
Sapphire is one of the four most precious gemstones (which are diamond, ruby, emerald, and ... sapphire) and certainly the best known with diamond. Blue sapphire is by far the colored gemstone the most used in jewelry.
For most people, sapphire means blue sapphire as this is the most famous type of sapphire stone. In fact, there are many varieties of sapphire gemstone that can be of any color, from white (or colorless) to green.
Sapphire is actually a variety of corundum with traces of other chemical elements that give it its color. It is characterized by a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, just after moissanite which has a hardness of 9.5, and below diamond which has a hardness of 10.
Tanzanite : the origin of its price
Tanzanite stone is not a precious stone, within the meaning of French law, which only considers diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds as such.
However, the price of Tanzanite stone makes it a gemstone in its own right :
- it is rare in geological sense (1000 times rarer than diamond)
- it has exceptional blue / violet colors
- it is in great demand in jewelry
- we are already talking about the closing date of the only production mine
To better understand the fascinating history of this stone, we invite you to dive into the origins of its discovery.
Bottom Up V3+ 3D printer build and test
As part of my jewelry business, I use 3D printing for the creation of Castable masters for some of my jewelry. Mainly making unique and complex pieces for my clients, I need to quickly and faithfully print wax masters for our creations.
I started my work on 3D printing in 2015 with the purchase of a 1200 Project 3DS printer, an honest review of which is published here (in French). I then changed my printer, for a Draken 3D printer from the company 3DFacture which is also an SLA type 3D printer offering a larger printing surface than the 1200 and the freedom to manage the light exposure parameters at will, allowing me to work with resins more economical than those of 3DS and especially castable.
Then, I now turned to a 3D printer, still SLA, but of a new type for me since printing from the bottom up, unlike the two previous printers which are of the Bottom-Up type.
130+ creative proposal ideas for a unique event
If you are looking for the best idea to propose to your girlfriend to marry you or get engaged, this is your definitive list.
We have gathered the most complete list of 135 great proposal ideas.
Whatever your skills or the personality of your loved one, you will find here the perfect way to ask her: Will you marry me?
The proposal idea I prefer is number 17 and the craziest might be number 122 while number 124 was a buzz worldwide.
Check this out!
- Best proposal ideas at Home
- Unique ways to propose to your loved one
- Beach proposal ideas
- Romantic proposal
- Outdoor proposal ideas
- Simple and private proposal ideas
- Cute proposal ideas
- Winter proposal ideas
- Fall proposal ideas
- Party proposal with family and friends
- Funny proposal
- Public proposal ideas
- Flower proposal
- Amazing proposal ideas that are way different
- Hotel proposal
- Holiday or Vacation proposal
- Restaurant proposal
Custom family crest signet rings
Signet rings are centuries old, and while they are not used anymore as seal ring as they used to be in the past, they are a symbol of pride and elegance nowadays.
There are still synonyme of durability and in most of the case are an heirloom to the future family generation.
We mary ancient craftmanship with modern jewelry tools as 3D rendering and 3D printing to get amazing results. We detail here below the way we proceed and the making process used to craft your bespoke signet ring.
We offer the best customizable experience as your are free to choose:
- The form and size of your ring, no process limitation
- The metal of your choice, it can be Silver, 14k, 18k or even 22k gold
- Open or closed ring (heavier in metal)
- Raised engraving or intaglio
- Metal or gemstone engraving
The different types of necklace chains links in jewelry
Faced with all the existing chain maille weaves for making chains, used both for bracelets, necklaces and anklets, it's normal that you feel disoriented when you search for an internet purchase.
To find your way around, we offer you this guide which includes most of the chain maille weaves used for bracelets, chains and necklaces.
In the menu that follows, you can click on the model that interests you to go to the related chapter, or see our summary poster at the end of the article.
|1 English chain||11 Spiral chain|
|2 Curb chain||12 American chain|
|3 Anchor chain||13 Mirror chain|
|4 Jaseron chain||14 Rope chain|
|5 Venetian chain||15 Bean chain|
|6 Snake chain||16 Gourmette chain|
|7 Palm chain||17 Polish chain|
|8 Horse chain||18 Rice grain chain|
|9 Coffee bean chain||19 Royal or Peruvian or Byzantine chain|
|10 Figaro chain||20 Industrial production of gold chains (video)|
Price of a custom signet ring
Men prefer signet rings to rings.
Wearing little jewelry, they are usually oriented towards making unique signet rings personalized according to their tastes. Of course, the price of these signet rings suffers and has nothing to do with the price of simple rings manufactured in series that are found in jewelry dealers.
The purpose of this article is to explain what are the cost factors when making a signet ring in gold or silver and help you to mature your project.
Note that there is no more beautiful signet that the one that makes you want. A beautiful signet ring is one that brings together a style that suits you with the decorative elements that make you vibrate.
Fire opal : iconic Mexican stone
Intriguing and mysterious, opal stone fascinates, on the one hand because of the multitude of colors and splinters it may have, but also because it remains a stone difficult to pin down by scientists and gemologists .
It is surely one of the few gemstones still being studied and the subject of theses to understand the chemical and granular composition, explain its lights and its mechanism of formation.
What are fossils and how do they form ?
Over the past few years, there's been a renewed interest in fossils. In fact, this interest has convalesced into exciting new trends in fashion and home decor : curating fossils for jewelry and art.
If you've been thinking about having custom jewelry made using amber, ammonites, or fossilized teeth, it helps to know how they were formed.
Here's everything you need to know about fossils.
African V-shaped ring making in gold
For the last 5 years, African jewelry is in fashion.
Driven by the appeal of ethnic art, new creations are emerging from patterns and colors of the black continent.
In this case, it is not a novelty since this design of African V-shaped ring is already well known, it is a classic.
By cons we will show you how is made this ring by hand.
This African wedding ring is composed of two welded V connected by their ends.
Numerical modeling allows us to better understand the design of this ring seen from several angles.
Wedding ring engraving
The exchange of wedding rings between the spouses remains the highlight of a marriage.
However, the engraving of these is what will remain definitively on the rings that will accompany you all your life.
So, as much choose an engraving that suits you.
An idea of an original engraving for wedding ring
To choose an original text to engrave, you must look for an event that has marked your relationship, the common base of your memories together.
We can try to make originality but it's especially the engraved texts that have a common sense that will be the most durable.
Originality is subject to fashion and your environment.
However you'll find very good ideas of texts to engrave described in this article of the Zankyou webzine.