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Spring Cleaning

diamond-backgroundWell, it’s time for spring cleaning and I’m not talking closets. Regularly cleaning your jewelry keeps it bright and sparkly, and that’s why we wear it, right?

Most precious and semi-precious stones can be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning machine, like the ones found in jewelry stores.  However, one major exception is Emeralds. They are softer than many precious gemstones, and often very included. The ultrasonic waves cause vibrations that basically shake the jewelry clean, but they can also enlarge inclusions and can cause the oil that many emeralds are treated with to ooze out. So, the best way to clean emeralds is really just with a damp soft cloth.

Other good options for cleaning jewelry at home are commercial liquid jewelry cleaner, you know the kind in the jar with the little tray and tiny brush, put it in swoosh it around and voila! Good old fashioned mild soapy water and a soft toothbrush work well too.

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Other stones require special care because they are porous and the harsh chemicals in most jewelry cleaners can affect them. Pearls, coral, opal and turquoise should generally just be cleaned with a soft damp cloth to preserve their beauty.

An anti-tarnish polishing cloth is an easy way to keep silver, gold and platinum shiny and looking good.

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A good rule of thumb is to make your jewelry the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off, this is especially important to remember when wearing pearls. Due to their delicate, organic nature many everyday products like makeup, perfume, hairspray and lotion can dull the surface and eat away at the nacre.

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Countdown to Spring

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New York is on the verge of yet another snowstorm! So of course I’m dreaming of spring, which is a mere two weeks away! If it sounds like I’ve been ticking off the days ’til it’s here on my bedroom wall like Bugs Bunny in a cartoon jail cell, you would be right! I can’t wait for the warm weather, spring clothes (no more 20 pound coat!) and all the new spring jewelry trends!

One looking that has showed up on spring 2013 Runways is bright, eye popping coral jewelry. Coral ranges in color from the highly prized, pale “Angel Skin” which is a pale peachy pink to the darker more commonly seen Mediterranean Red Coral.

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The juicy color warms and flatters any skin tone and the color is so wearable it can be used as a neutral. Coral is a perennial spring and summer favorite. The stone looks especially gorgeous paired back to yellow gold.

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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Before and After

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January, time for change, a fresh start, cleaning out your closets (literally and figuratively) and of course New Years resolutions, well…uh maybe. I’ve never been good at keeping them, so this year I decided not to even bother making them. But, I did just reorganize all of my jewelry.

Hey, I figured I can have at least one thing in my life under control, right?  Yep, keeping those priorities straight. I’ll take care of the major things like my jewelry and figure out all the little things like, where I want to live and what I want to do with my life whenever I get around to it.

So, back to the important stuff! If you keep your jewels in a jumble (see above- aaaahhhh!!!!), not only is it difficult to see what you have, but pieces can scratch and get broken.  Especially, if you have diamonds mixed in with other stones. Diamonds will scratch any other stone, because everything else is softer. You have to be extra careful with pearls, coral and opal, some of the most easily scratched gemstones.

There are all sorts of things made to store and organize jewelry, anti tarnish zippered pouches, trays with dividers, and T stands wearing evening gowns. The best thing I’ve ever found are the plastic storage boxes from hardware stores with lots of little compartments for nails, screws and

after any other little bits. Some of them even have plastic dividers that are adjustable so you can make some compartments bigger to fit your whole collection!!! I filled two and realized I needed another one. Does that mean I have too much jewelry?  NO WAY!!

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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