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Our jewelry blog is packed full of tips, cool facts, current news, trends, and other jewelry related topics. Take a peek around, and see what new things you discover about one of the best thing in life- jewelry! Moreover, we look forward to your comments about the items we post. So, read and comment away…

How to Clean Jewelry

What is the most effective way to clean
jewelry? That is a question that lots of people ask. The primary reason for this is that jewelry is a delicate thing. Most pieces of jewelry have precious stones that are fragile or can scratch. Similar to a piece of art, you need to treat your jewelry with care. Would you wear your favorite cocktail dress or evening gown outside to weed your flower bed? I’m hoping you wouldn’t. The same is with jewelry, protect it and it will last – and look great – for a long time.

Okay, on to tips on how to keep your jewelry clean and sparkling. There are different ways to ideally clean various metals and gemstones. Follow these tips and you will turn your dull jewelry into ones that will be noticed right away!

Gold:
In a plastic container place a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water. Let the jewelry soak in this about 5 to 8 minutes. Then use a unused soft bristle toothbrush to gently scrub the piece (previously used toothbrushes could still have toothpaste in them that could scratch the diamond/setting). Rinse with warm water and allow to air dry on a towel.

Platinum and Palladium:
You can do the same as gold (see above) or for a better cleaning, use a fourth of a cup of ammonia instead of the dishwashing detergent.

Sterling Silver:
Clean sterling silver by rinsing it with warm water (be sure to cover the drain before starting!). To remove the tarnish, use a polishing cloth designeded for silver or silver cleaning fluid.

Diamonds:
In a plastic container combine one cup of warm water with a fourth of a cup of ammonia. Let the jewelry soak in this about 5 to 8 minutes. Afterward interval, use a new soft bristle toothbrush to gently scrub around the diamond (s) and the setting (previously used toothbrushes could still have toothpaste in them that could scratch the diamond/setting). Rinse with warm water and allow to air dry on a towel.

Pearls:
Pearls are delicate and can scratch or have their finish removed easily. Make a solution of a cup of warm water and a few drops of baby soap (PH neutral). Dampening a soft cloth with the solution, gently rub each pearl on the strand. Let the strand air dry on a towel. Do not place the strand in the solution as this will cause the string to stretch.

Gemstones:
Clean gemstones in a similar fashion as pearls (see above). Avoid soaking gemstone jewelry (especially softer gems like opals and turquoise) as the stone might absorb chemicals. Be careful using ultrasonic cleaners with gemstones other than diamonds and sapphires as softer gemstones can crack.

Now you will always have shiny jewelry that will catch the attention of everyone! Though it takes a little time and effort, it is simple to keep jewelry looking its best.

Cocktail Rings: A Fall Trend

Cocktail Rings

Keeping up with fashion trends can be a daunting task, but it does not have to be. Sometimes just one aspect of your outfit is all that it takes to bring you into fashion. This Fall the cocktail ring is the must have jewelry accessory.

The key is to have your ring make a bold statement while highlighting your physical features. You don’t necessarily need to have the main color of the ring match your dress or outfit, rather have it compliment one of your best features: your eyes! Here are some suggestions for gemstones that goes nicely with eye colors: smokey quartz with brown eyes, blue eyes are accented well with blue sapphires, and emeralds or peridots for those with green eyes. If you wish to have a more neutral color try a clear or white quartz or crystal.

 

World’s Greatest White Diamond

118 carat oval diamond

While eating in a restaurant the diamond in a women’s engagement ring at a table next to yours catches your eye. You think to yourself that it must be at least 2.5 or 3 carats. Now imagine if she was wearing a 118 carat oval white diamond!

Sotheby’s in Manhattan, New York will be auctioning off a 118 carat diamond on October 7, 2013 in Hong Kong for an estimated $28 to $35 million. It is the size of a small egg and is being hailed as “the greatest white diamond” Sotheby’s has ever sold in regards to its size, color, quality, and polish. The oval diamond was cut from a 299 carat rough diamond mined from a southern African country.

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