Sunday, March 28, 2010

Brighten Gold and Gems

Here's another read from Good Housekeeping Magazine this time it's how to brighten your gold jewelries and gems and stones attached to it.

Gold chains, pendants, gems can lose its glistening appearance through everyday wear. To bring up their bright image give your gold jewelries a bubble bath by pouring a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water. Put the jewelry into a small strainer, and place it in the bowl to soak for about five minutes. Brush crevices using soft toothbrush. Return jewelry to strainer and rinse it under running water then dry with a cloth.

For costume jewelry, especially if stones are glued rather than set, dab a cloth into the bubbly solution and gently wipe smudges, then rinse with cloth dampened in plain water. Pat dry and lay the pieces upside down so that moisture won't soak into the setting,

That's it. Hope this short tip will help you too.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Make Your Silver Jewelries Sparkle

I have neglected this blog for some time now because I was so busy with my day job and wasn't able to do any handcrafted jewelries for almost 3-months already. I just hope I will be able to do new pieces to showcase to my sister-in-law's co-teachers at the opening of school year on June 2010. In the meantime, I wan't to share something about caring and cleaning your jewelries that I have read in an article written at the Good Housekeeping Magazine.

You can retain the shining moments of your favorite silver jewelries with no spacial products needed.

Tarnish is the enemy of silver jewelries. How about trying this methods:

1. For items that are merely dull, filmy or staring to discolor, mix a few drops of mild soap with warm water and dip in a soft cloth. Rub cloth wet with solution to jewelry, then rinse in cool water and dry using clean dry cloth.

2. For heavier tarnished silver jewelry, mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a soft, lint-free cloth (don't use tissue paper, this may scratch your jewelry). Work the paste into the crevices, turning the cloth as it gets gray. Rinse then dry.

Note: Don't soak the silver, this will speed up the tarnish rather than removing it.

Simple cleaning tip you can try.

Leave some message if you got good results. Have a Nice Day.

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