Whatever the material you have in your jewelry; a genuine, gemstone, semi or precious stone, synthetic, imitation, wood, plastic, or precious metal, alloy/mixed metal or base metal, whatever, all of it need jewelry care, need to be cleaned.
Jewelry care is not difficult, and doesn’t need high cost. What you need is just a bit of knowledge and your kind attention with love to your personal belonging.
Your attention and caring are very important and useful, what ever its price is, in order to make it durable, remain beautiful and valuable.
Putting on your jewelry just after you had applied make up, perfume and hairspray. Put off your necklace, ring, bracelet and earrings before you take the hand and body lotion or other cosmetics. Or before having a bath and massage.
After wearing, directly wipe with clean, soft and dry cloth. If you use a damp cloth, make sure your jewelry was dried before you store it.
Don’t wear your ring and bracelet while washing hand in dishwasher. Make sure the water you use is chemical free.
Always clean up, wiped, dried your jewelry before and after wearing, with a soft cloth. The dirt sometimes give you the allergy affect. Your sweat and polluted air could also hurt your jewelry and its findings.
Avoid wearing jewelry while doing activities such as gardening, playing sports or swimming.
Chlorine can be damaging to many stones and long term exposure is even harmful to gold and silver. Don’t wear jewelry while doing house work, like cleaning or gardening. Even sitting around swimming pool. Swimming pool contain chemical component as well as in salon or spa.
It could hurt your jewelry in long period. Check your jewelry at least once a year. Bring it to its maker. Usually they give you free service.
To keep your jewelry clean, is to keep it away from dirty place and chemical component
Clean gemstone beads by gently wiping them, with a soft cloth, but not pulling on the strand.
If a stone is set in Sterling Silver, avoid silver polish on the stone.
Some stones that should not be placed in a cleaning solution or ultrasonic cleaner are pearls, emeralds, opals, and turquoise. Use a soft cotton cloth to wipe oils and dirt from these stones.
But Turquoise can be cleaned by dipping a cloth into soapy water and gently wipe off any dirt then wipe again with a damp cloth and dry.
Do not clean beaded strands jewelry in a dip solution or ultrasonic cleaner. In fact you should not get beaded jewelry wet at all, because water will rot and stretched.
Translucent stones such as diamond, ruby, sapphire, amethyst, citrine and garnet can be cleaned in ultrasonic cleaner if they are not strung on thread or cord and are set in a mounting. Some translucent stones cannot be cleaned this way, they are Emerald, Peridot, Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, and Tanzanite.
Opaque stones should not be placed in an ultrasonic cleaner or dip-cleaned with a cleaning solution. Like Turquoise, Pearls, Opals, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Jasper and many other opaque stones.
To clean pearls, just wear it. Exposure to air and body oil is good for pearls. But. Do not get pearls wet. It will weaken the stringing material.
To clean silver in your pearl necklace, gently wipe the silver with soft cotton cloth.
Some people said, to avoid tarnish from Sterling Silver jewelry, just wear it often.
Without wearing, would be very easy to get tarnished. They said, if you put your sterling silver jewelry on the night table before sleep, the next morning had tarnished.
Sterling Silver naturally tarnished when exposed to air and body oils. But sometimes it just adds to the character of the piece, where tarnished make differentand unique antique look.
If the tarnish becomes extreme, gently clean it with mild soap and water, use soft cloth and silver polish. Then wipe with a jewelry polishing cloth, a soft flannel that is impregnated with polish.
Some use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. But most experts caution against it because they feel toothpaste is too abrasive and leaves dulling scratches.
In Indonesia (Java) people used to clean silver jewelry with a fruit called, Lerak. It produce bubbles like soap, and cleaned the jewelry instantly like new. Lerak fruit is also used exclusively in cleaning the hand painted Batik cloth.
The treatment to sterling silver will do to silver plated, gold plated and chromed jewelry. Gentle rubbing with soft dry cloth will be enough to these plated works. If it’s quite heavy dull, you can use a damp cloth and dried the jewelry soon. For plated and chromed metal are suggested not to use chemical cleaning. Some suggest to clean with pure water and dried.
Precious metal need no certain treatment and cleaning. Just clean with mild soap water and tooth brush.
A metal jewelry can be placed in a dip solution or ultra-sonic cleaner. Some sterling silver is purposefully oxidized, antiqued or enameled and cannot be cleaned in this manner because it will harm the finish. Use soft water soap to clean it gently with a soft brush.
But for Pearl, avoid any brush. Just soft cloth.
Gold and silver, can be placed in a dip solution or ultrasonic cleaner as long as the metal does not have a special finish such as antiquing or enameling nor contains stones that should not be in these cleaners. Just wiping the metal with soft cotton cloth or dipping it unto gentle soap and water solution.
When cleaning don’t use hairy cloth. Since its fibers will remain in your jewelry. Don’t use towel cloth when cleaning your pearl jewelry and all kind of stone, since it may left scratch.
If your jewelry stringing is made of cord, leather, or thread, get rid from wet. The damp will rotten the string.
Store your jewelry in ‘lie down’ position. Don’t hang, that will stretch the stringing. Clean your jewelry frequently. Or ask its maker to do it for you. Usually will be a free service.
Jewelry with stone and pearl are not suggested to use ultra sonic cleaner.
It could ruin them , especially through the pores of the stone and pearl.
Keep your jewelry in a clean and dry place.
Sterling silver and silver/gold plated keep in a cool place.
Don’t put your jewelry around heat, near the window, or in your car dashboard. Put your jewelry away from sunlight, since there’s certain gemstones that easily color’s fade.
Store your jewelry in cloth pouch, or in separated room box. The easily tarnished jewelry put it in ziplock.(But not the genuine Pearl).
Don’t pile and mixed your jewelries since they can hurt each other and scratched. Keep your jewelry in a felt pouch or velvet lined jewelry box when you are not wearing it, to help prevent tarnish and protect your jewelry from scratches. It is wise to have larger jewelry box. Remember, collection is always growing.
When traveling, put your jewelry in your hand bag. If you will have a jewelry show, put them also in your carried bag. Don’t put them in baggage.
*Caring For Your Crystals
When not wearing your jewelry with crystals, Sarah Designs recommended that you keep it wrapped to avoid scratching of any smooth surfaces. Velvet or silk pouches are ideal.
Wash Swarovski crystals by hand in lukewarm water to which a few drops of a mild dish detergent has been added. Then rinse under running water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth to avoid spotting and lint spoiling the .
Under no circumstances should any abrasive or corrosive detergents be used; glass or window-cleaning fluids should also be avoided, as they often cause streaking.
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About : Size of Necklace and Bracelet , Choker, Opera, Lariat, Cuff, Bangle, Men’s
Necklace and Bracelet
*Necklace Length *
Bib : Multi stranded, with each longer than the one above
The first strand is usually choker length, and each strand below it longer
by approx. 1”-2” ; (12”-13” up to 20”-23”)
Collar : Multi Stranded, all strands same length.12- 13 inches, multiple strands
(three or more) worn snugly around neck. Neck circumference + 1”
Collar are usually made up of three or more strands and lie snugly on
the middle. Very Victorian and luxurious, collars go best with elegant
V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder fashions.
Choker : 14-16 inches, versatile, usually stops just above collar bone.
Neck circumference + 1,5” to 2.5”.
A choker is perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single
strand lengths. A simple pearl choker can go with virtually any outfit
from casual to fancy evening wear, and just about any neckline
Princess : 17-19 inches, great for higher necklines
The princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high neckline.
It’s a perfect support for a pendant or pearl enhancer.
Matinee : 20-24 inches, casual or chic .Longer than choker and just a bit shorter
than opera length. The matinee necklace is the right choice for casual
or business dressing.
Opera : 30- 35 inches, sometimes doubles as a choker.
The opera necklace is the queen of all the lengths. When worn as a
single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew.
Rope : 40 –45 inches
Elegant and sexy. The pearl rope was the favorite of Coco Chanel. Mystery
clasps placed in strategic locations around the necklace enable it to be
broken down into multiple strand necklace and bracelet combinations.
When doubled upon itself it serves as a versatile two strand choker.
Lariat : Usually at least 48 inches, with ends left unattached for knotting or
wrapping around the neck,
Graduated : Largest beads in the center of necklace, then becoming progressively
Smaller toward hook and catch. Gradually decreasing in size toward
Eyeglass Necklace : 27”
Men’s Necklace : 18”
Bracelet, Closed Bangle : Measure wrist at the widest point when hand is held in
the position for putting the bangle, and add ½” to determine
final bracelet length. (Example: 7 “ wrist size plus ½” = 7 ½ “)
Cuff Bracelet : Measure wrist at the widest point where the cuff will rest add
about 5 mm- 10 mm.
Usually the cuff size mentioned by the diameter of the cuff
Strung Bracelet : 7,5”
Anklet : Medium 8” ; Large 9,5”
Men’s Bracelet : 8 “- 8.5”
47 mm = size 4
48 mm = size 4,5
49 mm = size 5
50 mm = size 5,5
52 mm = size 6
53 mm = size 6,5
54 mm = size 7
55 mm = size 7,5
57 mm = size 8
58 mm = size 8,5
60 mm = size 9
61 mm = size 9,5
62 mm = size 10
63 mm = size 10,5
65 mm = size 11
66 mm = size 11,5
67 mm = size 12
68 mm= size 12,5
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