These simple Do's and Don'ts along with some common sense, should keep your jewelry looking great for years
Do let your jeweler check your loose stones frequently. It's a good idea to have your jewelry checked once a year.
Do clean fine jewelry often to maintain its sparkle and beauty.
Do keep gemstone-studded jewelry, pearls, and gold and silver pieces separated from each other to prevent scratching. Store fine jewelry pieces in soft pouches, soft cloth wraps or plastic bags to help protect them.
Don't wear fine jewelry when doing housework or gardening. Even though most jewelry is durable, a hard blow can chip a stone.
Don't heap your jewelry into one drawer. Keep diamond and pearl jewelry separate and, ideally, wrapped in velvet, paper, silk or plastic zip-lock bag.
Do not use toothpaste as its abrasives can damage softer gems and metals. Most fine jewelry can be cleaned by soaking for 10 minutes in warm soapy water (using a mild detergent soap). Use a soft brush on harden gems to loosen any dirt around the prongs. To reduce greasy build-up on diamond jewelry, dip it in plain alcohol before soaking.
METHODS OF CLEANING YOUR JEWELRY
Wearing your jewelry over a short period of time can make your jewelry get smuged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, even the natural oils from your skin can create a film on gemstones, reducing their brilliance. In addition, chemicals in the air can oxidize or discolor the mounting. Keeping your jewelry clean will maximize its beauty. Here are four methods of cleaning your jewelry.
Detergent bath: Prepare a small bowl of warm suds using any mild household liquid detergent. Brush jewelry with a soft brush until you have created a lather around it. With the jewelry on a plastic or metal strainer, rinse off with warm water (be sure not to clean your jewelry over the drain !). Pat your jewelry dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Cold water soak: Make a solution of 4 parts cold-water and 1 part very mild dishwashing detergent. Soak the pieces for several minutes. Lift out and tap gently around all sides of the mounting with a soft brush. Rinse the pieces in the solution once more and drain on tissue paper.
Quick-Dip Method: Buy one of the brand name liquid jewelry cleaners, choosing the one that is best for the kind of stones and metals in your jewelry. Read the label carefully and follow the instructions. Do not touch your clean diamonds with your fingers, as the oils from your hands will leave a film on the stone.
The Ultrasonic cleaner: There are many types of these small machines available to the public today. They will clean any piece of jewelry that can be soaked in a liquid within a matter of minutes. These machines often have a metal cup, which is filled with water and detergent. When the machine is turn-on, a high-frequency turbulence is created. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners on emeralds.
NOTE : Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and warning before using these machines. The above methods are not appropriate for pearls, opals, lapis, corals and other gems. A very quick dip in plain lukewarm water is suggested for these fragile pieces.
TIPS ON CLEANING AND CARING FOR YOUR PEARLS
Pearls require great care. Just like any other jewelry, pearls get dirty but you have to clean them with care or you'll end up with damaged gems. Fine quality pearls, if properly cared-for, can last for generations. Here are some cleaning tips to make sure your pearls live a long and lovely life :
Pearls stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your cosmetics, perfume or hairspray
Do not clean your pearl jewelry using mechanical/ultrasonic cleaner.
Do not clean your pearls with chemicals or harsh detergents.
Pearls should only be wiped with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take hem off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soapy water solution.
Make sure you take off your pearl rings before applying hand and body cream.
Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.
HOW TO CLEAN STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
Clean sterling silver with a phosphate free detergent, a low abrasive cleaner, such as 3M Tarni-shield silver polish, is a good choice for removing light tarnish. Some people use toothpaste to clean their sterling silver, however most silver experts caution against it because they feel toothpaste is too abasive and leaves dulling scratches.
Barstool Basics: Choosing Barstool Size, Styles, and Features
Barstools aren't just found at your local pub anymore. More and more people are placing them in their home to accommodate breakfast nooks, kitchen counters, and even home bars. If you are purchasing barstools, you don't have to be overwhelmed by the selection available. Simply choose the right barstool height, style, and additional features. Your home decor will be complete in no time at all!
Step 1: Deciding Bar Stool Height
The height of your home bar, kitchen counter, or pub table will help determine what the appropriate height of your barstool should be. The height is determined by the stool's seat height, not its total height. This ensures that the legs will fit under the table's surface. Your kitchen counter should be about 10-12? higher than your barstool's seat height. Typically, counter height seats are 24-26" high, while bar height seats are 30-32" high. For more information, please visit our Barstool Height Guide.
Step 2: Choosing the Perfect Barstool Style
Purchasing barstools is a great opportunity to display your personal style. There is a wide variety of styles that can match your home's current d
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