Taking Care Of and Cleaning Jewelry

Written by Ann Scaling Tucker


First, how susceptible is your jewelry to scratches and chemical products? Hardness is based on a gem-trade standard calledrepparttar Mohs scale. The higherrepparttar 149469 Mohs scale number,repparttar 149470 harderrepparttar 149471 stone is. The highest Mohs scale rating is 10 (diamonds). Anything with a Mohs scale rating of less than 7 is easily scratched (such as coral, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, and turquoise). Gold, silver, and platinum are only Mohs 2-1/2 to 4.

Because a diamond can scratch gold or pearls it is always important to store all jewelry pieces separately. Gold jewelry will last you a lifetime if it is taken care of. Gold can be scratched and dented if you are not careful. Because of where they are worn, gold rings and bracelets will getrepparttar 149472 most damage, much more so than earrings or necklaces. Chemicals also can cause damage to gold. One ofrepparttar 149473 worst is chlorine. Constant exposure to chlorinated cleaning products will makerepparttar 149474 gold weak and prone to breaking. Don't wear your gold inrepparttar 149475 swimming pool or Jacuzzi. Take your jewelry off aroundrepparttar 149476 house when cleaning but if you prefer to wear rings and bracelets wear rubber gloves for protection. Even makeup, perfume, hairspray, and perspiration can cause gold jewelry to lose its luster. Clean your jewelry regularly using a good jewelry cleaner. A quick clean can be done with a baby tooth brush and mild soap and a small amount of ammonia. (Never clean inrepparttar 149477 sink asrepparttar 149478 jewelry might fall downrepparttar 149479 drain, always clean in a bowl away from a drain pipe) Grease can be removed from karat gold jewelry by dipping into plain rubbing alcohol. Always rinse thoroughly and dry after cleaning. Keep it wrapped separately in a soft cloth, jewelry box divider or plastic baggie. Keep your eye on prongs that could break and causerepparttar 149480 loss of a stone. An occasional visit to a professional jeweler isrepparttar 149481 best idea.

Platinum is one ofrepparttar 149482 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 149483 same manner as other fine jewelry.

You will probably be surprised that sunlight can cause many colored gemstones to fade, change color or become pale. Common stones that are damaged in sunlight (there may be more): Amethyst, Ametrine, Apatite, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Beryl, Celestite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, and Smokey Quartz. Pearls are organic stones and quickly react to any form of chemicals like perfumes, hand lotions, hair spray, etc. Chemicals directly attackrepparttar 149484 nacre, ruiningrepparttar 149485 luster, which causes patches on your pearl. Put your pearl jewelry on last after you have applied your perfumes, lotions, etc. They should not be worn along with any other jewelry items such as chains or even watches. Clean pearls only with lukewarm water. Never brush them in any way. You can then wipe it with a regular cotton cloth. The silk is delicate and gets stretched after a period of time. Always store bead necklaces (such as lapis, pearls, etc) flat as that will keeprepparttar 149486 silk from stretching. It could break whenrepparttar 149487 strand is worn on a regular basis. You should have them checked, to see if they need to be re-strung, every 3 years if you wear them regularly. Opals are water-based stones. Sudden temperature changes cause them to crack in multiples (known as Crazing). They should thus be cleaned only in room temperature water (68F - 75F) and then wiped with a soft cotton cloth. Emeralds, naturally coming out ofrepparttar 149488 ground have several surface breaking inclusions in them. Almost all of them are treated through oiling to hide these inclusions. They cannot be immersed in ultrasonic cleaners or steam machines for this reason. The oiling will either discolor or come out duringrepparttar 149489 cleaning process. Thus they can only be cleaned with room temperature water (68F - 75F) and a cotton cloth.

Summer Swimsuits There is Still Time to Enjoy Them

Written by Robb Ksiazek


Our summer season has finally made its way into July, marking what most of us consider to berepparttar halfway point ofrepparttar 149434 season. Soon enough, we will struggle to fit another weekend getaway into what is left of summer before having to dismantlerepparttar 149435 laid back attitude ofrepparttar 149436 summer sun. Students of all ages will be returning to their campuses, only to recall and sharerepparttar 149437 fond memories with other peers.

There is still time to getrepparttar 149438 most ofrepparttar 149439 warmth and sun before having to cope with facingrepparttar 149440 inevitable reality of responsibility. There are some relatively unknown tips that can aid in your quest ofrepparttar 149441 everlasting summer, even for those in regions where piling snow will replacerepparttar 149442 thick green blades of grass.

Find Close-Out Swimwear with Style

Now isrepparttar 149443 season to gather up allrepparttar 149444 latest closeout bikinis and one-piece swimsuits that are holding backrepparttar 149445 fall and winter gear from reachingrepparttar 149446 store shelves. Even top designer swimwear gets discounted inrepparttar 149447 off season. To make sure that your new suit hasrepparttar 149448 staying power for beaches to come, there are some simple rules to follow when selectingrepparttar 149449 right suit.

  • Printed Fabrics versus Solids. Prints are trendy, and they tend to go out of style much faster than solid patterns. There are exceptions torepparttar 149450 rule, and common sense plays an important role.
  • Pastels and Neon versusrepparttar 149451 Basic Eight. Like printed fabrics, funky colors are seasonal. It is best to pickrepparttar 149452 bikini withrepparttar 149453 basic eight colors. They are always in style, and you dont riskrepparttar 149454 obsolescence of your new suit.


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