Taking Care Of and Cleaning Jewelry

Written by Ann Scaling Tucker

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Platinum is one ofrepparttar rarest and most durable precious metals. It does not tarnish or get discolored from chlorine. Even though it is very tough you still need to take good care of your platinum jewelry. Store it separately because platinum can be scratched. Platinum can be cleaned inrepparttar 149469 same manner as other fine jewelry.

Your silver jewelry tarnishes when exposed to air. This occurs more quickly in damp and foggy weather and even sunshine, but is inevitable in any climate. Tarnish first appears as a golden hue on your sterling silver then turns to black. Always store in treated paper or cloth, or plastic zip lock bags made of Mylar (turkey cooking bags) or polyethylene. Some plastic contains sulfur compounds which can cause tarnish faster. Never use polyvinyl plastic bags. Tiny zip-lock bags work great for each individual piece. Don't store sterling silver jewelry on wood surfaces as wood usually contains acids that can marrepparttar 149470 finish. Also avoid storing silver with other metals like pennies and rubber. Don't wear rubber gloves when washing or polishing silver because rubber promotes tarnish. Dry and polish silver with a soft cloth, not paper towels. You can use a baby tooth brush or a horsehair silver brush but stays away from paper, polyester and course fabrics that contain wood fibers as this can scratch your silver. Ordinary toothpaste is a good, quick cleaner but is mainly recommended for gold, not silver. If you don't want to rubrepparttar 149471 silver (or you're uncomfortable working with acid), make a dip using baking soda, aluminum foil and hot water. Place a 2' length of aluminum foil into a plastic bucket, and pour 1/2 gallon of hot water over it. Then pour a cup of fresh baking soda intorepparttar 149472 water (ifrepparttar 149473 soda is fresh, it will begin foaming). Submerge a piece of silver inrepparttar 149474 water, and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Then pull outrepparttar 149475 silver, rinse it, and allow it to dry.

For a more of a heavy duty cleaner get a pickle jar and combine one inch of cleaning detergent (like Top Job or Mr. Clean), one inch of dish washing liquid and one inch of ammonia. Fillrepparttar 149476 rest ofrepparttar 149477 container with water. Shake well, heat in microwave and pour into an old pot and simmer on stove. Put your silver or gold intorepparttar 149478 solution and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Remove from solution and rinse with water. Dry well.

About the Author: Elizabeth Ann Scaling Tucker is a retired grandmother of 5. She retired after 35 1/2 years with the Department of Defense. In her retirement years, she is a grandchild sitter and an assistant webmaster for family websites. You can see one of the websites at http://www.diamondengagementweddingrings.com/

Summer Swimsuits – There is Still Time to Enjoy Them

Written by Robb Ksiazek

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  • Slingshot Bikini? Every year there is a new take onrepparttar bikini. Althoughrepparttar 149434 cool fads might last a few seasons, they can drop offrepparttar 149435 radar at any minute. Unless you have inside information from a reliable source, stick torepparttar 149436 basics.
  • Trust A-List Designers. Designer swimwear manufacturers usually have a longevity that can be trusted. Top designers setrepparttar 149437 stage that others so diligently follow. They arerepparttar 149438 trend setters, and finding their swimwear at discounted pricing is fabulous, especially if your style will last more than one season.
  • Go Directly torepparttar 149439 Source. By heading right towardrepparttar 149440 designer, there is no middleman getting inrepparttar 149441 way. Web sites are easily updated and many ofrepparttar 149442 top designers have online bikini and swimwear galleries to browse. Checking atrepparttar 149443 closeout specials often allow you first-hand knowledge ofrepparttar 149444 newly discounted swimwear.
  • Even asrepparttar 149445 summer draws to a close, begin thinking about your winter getaway torepparttar 149446 tropics. There is much to plan, and being prepared with your swimsuits is priceless. Concentrate on other aspects of your travels knowing that you have paid less forrepparttar 149447 best swimwear available.

    Robb Ksiazek is a successful author and publisher for Lingerie-4U.biz. He has researched and written hundreds of articles related to lingerie and swimwear trends and tips and believes getting the most out of fashion is empowering to the soul.

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