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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Cleaning and Caring Jewelry

Get a jewelry box and/or wrap each piece of jewelry with paper, velvet or silk. The harder stones like diamonds could scratch your pearls or other jewelry and that could happen if you “throw” your jewelry all in the same place. Keep everything from touching each other, even from itself.

If you have jewelry and it came in a box and wrapping keep it. Put the jewelry back in the box when your not wearing it.

To check for loose stones place the piece next to your ear and tap gently with your finger. Something might be loose if you hear any movement from the piece. You should check for this on a regular basis, more if you wear the piece regularly.

Pearls should be restrung every couple of years. If you clean them use a mild soapy water. Rinse them well after.

You should have your fine jewelry looked and possibly cleaned by a professional once a year.

Before cleaning jewelry make sure the stones are not loose. When cleaning you don’t want them coming out.

To loosen dirt around the prongs you can use a soft brush with the hard gemstones. Using toothpaste is not a good idea because it is an abrasive and can damage some soft gems and metals.

Don’t take silver jewelry into the pool or any other water. The chlorine in the water will discolor your silver.

Ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended as the vibrations they make can enlarge inclusions and make them more noticeable.

To help prevent damage to your jewelry, don’t put them on until you have your makeup, hairspray, perfume or anything else on. The stuff that is in these products could harm your jewelry. Put bracelets on your opposite hand if your right or left handed. Less wear may occur because it’s not the main hand used.

If shipping your jewelry to be cleaned or repaired use a shipper that has tracking and get it insured.

Turquoise should be put in warm water and you should use a soft toothbrush on it. It should then be washed off with warm water and let it air-dry. Coming in contact with cleaning solutions like ammonia can discolor or damage it.

Silver can be rinsed in warm water and pat it dry. You can use silver cleaner but don’t use an abrasive cleaner or a toothbrush as it can scratch it.

Pricing for cleaning will vary by type of jewelry and the place you take it too. If you recently bought jewelry from a store they might clean and inspect it for free on an annual basis or something like that. They can also give you a repair quote for any repairs needed. Before getting it repaired or professionally cleaned, document and take pictures of your jewelry before. Just so you have proof if the jewelry should be chipped, damaged or has some other problem with it.

Info of Pearl Treatments

There are some treatments to take note of on cultured pearls that will change the aesthetic qualities of the pearl.

After harvesting cleaning and polishing a low-quality cultured pearl if the pearl still does not have a good luster or color, the farmer has very few options. If the pearls is a good candidate for treatment, this is the most common and economically sensible thing for the farmer to do. There are three main treatments are used on low-quality pearls.

Dyeing- The use of silver nitrate to darken the nacre of the pearl. Irradiation- The use of gamma rays to darken the nucleus of the pearl in akoya pearls and the nacre layers in freshwater pearls. Luster treatments- A coating is placed on the surface of the pearl to enhance the luster.

Silver nitrate has been used for decades to darken the appearance of the peal. The chemical penetrates the layer of nacre and has a chemical reaction with light or hydrogen sulfides gas to organic or inorganic dyes to produce another color variation. This treatment is very popular in treating fresh water pearls. Sometimes the farmer will want to create other colors then black the farmer in this case can use organic or inorganic dyes to make the color variations. Akoya pearls are also routinely “pinked” this is done when they would like to make a more rose overtone.

Irradiation has a different effect on freshwater to saltwater and cultured pearls. Gamma rays do not affect the nacre layers of a saltwater cultured pearl, but will darken the nucleus of the pearl. Saltwater pearls that are irradiated will be gray to blue. Freshwater irradiated pearls can become very dark, some of these freshwater treated pearls may also have an intense metallic sheen over their surface.

Coating a pearls to enhance its luster is not widely practiced and is frowned upon. The coating is like putting clear nail polish. The coating may eventually chip or peel, leaving a low-luster pearl this is a treatment to watch for.

Luster treatments are very hard to find. The most basic way to find the luster treatment is to compare an untreated strand with the strand that you think has been treated. You can put the strand under 50x magnification. The untreated pearl will have a scaly nacre surface and the coated pearl will have a smooth, glass like surface.

About Sapphire

Sapphires are mainly found in Sri Lanka, India and Burma. Indian sapphires come from Kashmir. They are cornflower blue in color and are regarded as the finest blue sapphires. Sri Lankan sapphires are the most common and are typically light to medium blue in color. The majority of fancy-colored sapphires available in the jewelry industry are from Sri Lanka. The most common of these fancy sapphires are yellow, or golden, and pink in color. The pinkish orange ones are the rarest and most expensive.

Sapphires are also found in Thailand and Australia, and they are dark blue in color. The gems obtained from these two countries generally belong to the category of the inexpensive to average priced range of sapphire gems in the jewelry market. Montana is the only important source of sapphires in the United States. The sapphire produced is of an attractive metallic blue in color. China, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria have recently also become sources of sapphires.

Most of the sapphire gems being sold today have had their color enhanced, most commonly by heating. The purpose of heat treatment is to enrich the color and improve the stone’s clarity. With this method of treatment, colorless or paled-colored stones can be turned into brilliant blue or yellow ones. Depending on the original material and the type of heating process, heat treatments of gemstones can produce a variety of results. For example, sapphires that have rutile (titanium dioxide) crystals can be treated by heating and then being cooled rapidly. This would result in the rutile crystals dissolving into the corundum and the gemstone becomes clearer. Colorless or pale-colored stones after undergoing heating without the presence of oxygen would turn to rich blue color. However, if these stones are being heated in the presence of oxygen, they would turn into intense yellow color. Most yellow sapphires have been treated in this manner.

Sapphires have been of great significance to past societies. For example, the Mystical Jews considered the blue gemstones as a secret message from the beyond. The Persians believed that the world is resting on a giant sapphire and the sky is a reflection of the color of the stone. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, sapphires were believed to be an antidote against poisons. Although sapphires occur in a wide variety of colors, traditionally blue has been the most popular and valuable. The blue sapphire gem was widely used in jewelry of royalty and was considered the most appropriate stone for ecclesiastical rings. It is known to be the bestower of truth and good health.

Gemstones are considered beautiful, rare and durable. The beauty of a gemstone is undiminished with time. A gemstone could sparkle as brightly many years from now. It has lasting value and is well liked by many. Hence, beautiful pieces of gemstone jewelry are created and widely used for personal adornment as well as gifts for friends and loved ones. Presenting these beautiful items as gifts is always well loved and cherished.

Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. As such, a piece of jewelry with this gemstone makes a perfect elegant birthday present for those who were born in that month. Sapphire is also the anniversary stone for the 5th and 45th year. A piece of jewelry with this gemstone can also be a great anniversary present in these years. You will be amazed how this beautiful gemstone can be made into different jewelry items such as rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, brooches and pendants. With such a wide variety of items, you will never experience any shortage of gift ideas.

Red Ruby Jewelry

Just what are the special properties, of the Ruby as a birthstone? Fire for one. Emotion is another. The Sapphire Ruby is not just the birthstone for July though. It’s also the wedding anniversary gem for the 15th and 40th years of marriage between a man and a woman.

If you’ve ever looked a Ruby close up it appears to have a kind of fiery luminosity which is said to come from the stones eternal flame. It is for this reason that the ruby is considered as a symbol of everlasting love. When worn on the left hand it reported to have amazing powers and shall bring the wearer good fortune. Many folks also go for the ruby as their stone of choice when buying an engagement ring. The actual word ‘ruby’ derives from the Latin word ‘ruber’ which simply translates as ‘red’, and this stunning stone can be found in a range of reds.

Ruby mining has a very long recorded history which dates back more than 2,500 years according to the ancient scripts. The Ruby is also known as the Lord of the gems by the ancient Hindus and is recorded as one of the most highly prized gemstones throughout the history of time. The desirable gem can be found in the following locations throughout the world: Afghanistan; Australia; Burma; Cambodia; India; Kenya; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Tanzania; Tanzania; Thailand; and the United States of America.

Another quality of the Ruby gemstone is its durability which is only surpassed by diamond. Superstition has it that those viewing a ruby should do so with respect, and equally, if you own a ruby it should be worn and not locked away, otherwise it could lose its fiery glow, passion, and special powers.

There are many legends and superstitions regarding these beautiful stones but I hope this short article has given you a little more insight and respect for one of natures finer gems.