Twelve Tips for Greater Enjoyment of your Gold and Silver JewelryWritten by Sam Serio
Jewelry can be beautiful to look at, fun to buy, and can make bold and revealing statements about you. Hear are some tips for greater enjoyment of your favorite gold and silver jewelry. 1.Never swim in a chlorinated pool while wearing gold and silver jewelry. 2.Always apply make-up, perfumes, oils or colognes before you put on your gold and silver jewelry 3.Keep both your skin and your gold and silver jewelry clean and free of oil. 4.Using an absorbent, abrasive-free body powder on areas that your gold and silver jewelry touches your skin can help with skin discoloration. 5.If you do have any skin discoloration you may need to move to a higher gold content. Say, from 14K gold jewelry to 18K jewelry. 6.Are your gold and silver chains all tied-up in knots? If so, here’s a nifty little trick for straightening them out. Dust your chain with a little talcum powder and then try to unknot it. If knot is stubborn, place a small drop of baby oil on a sheet of wax paper. Lay knot in oil and work it out with two pins; then clean chain as instructed below. 7.Don't be afraid to wear gold and silver jewelry together. Artful use of accessories that use both metals provide an effective visual segue' or bridge. 8.For daily cleaning it is recommended to use a simple jewelry polishing cloth that is impregnated with special jewelry cleaner. These are widely available and are very easy to use. Store your cloth in a plastic zip-lock bag, and keep in your jewelry drawer or armoire. It is a good idea to have one cleaning cloth for gold and one for silver.
Turquoise is December's BirthstoneWritten by Sam Serio
If you're still young enough to remember your birthday, you probably also remember special birthstone assigned to it. But at your age, we bet you don't really know SIGNIFICANCE of your birthstone and what power ancients felt would be bestowed about you by wearing it. December Birthstone: Turquoise Birthstone Properties: Alternative Birthstone: Lapis Lazuli Turquoise is birthstone for December and traditional gift to commemorate 5th and 11th years of marriage. It's color is, of course, is referred to as turquoise, but hue can range widely from familiar green-blue to a light sky-blue. It is generally accepted that turquoise gets its name from "pierre turquoise" a French phrase meaning "Turkish stone." Others believe that name comes from Persian word "fiouze," meaning color turquoise. Ancient and yet always at height of current fashion, turquoise was mined by early Egyptians as early as 6000 BC. Many people are surprised to learn that finest turquoise comes from Iran, not American Southwest. However beautiful specimens are also found in Arizona and New Mexico in United States, as well as in Australia, Afghanistan and other localities in Middle East. Sacred Stone For thousands of years, turquoise has been appreciated as a holy stone, talisman, and a good-luck-charm. The excavation of Egyptian tombs from approximately 3,000 B.C. holds oldest living proof of man's interest in turquoise, where gemstone was found decorating artifacts that were buried with dead. When tomb of Queen Zer was unearthed in 1900, a turquoise and gold bracelet was found on her wrist, one of oldest pieces of jewelry ever discovered!