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GEMS March – How to care for Aquamarine Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Mar.31, 2010, under GEMS

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With the last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – March, we would writing on how to care for Aquamarine Jewelry. Do use these tips, to keep your jewelry last long. Also showcasing a very beautiful Aquamarine bracelet by Bead-Fancy Designer.

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Waves of crystal and aquamarine bracelet

Continuing with the aquamarine jewelry care tips, here we go:

  • Aquamarine fades with prolonged exposure to light, so that should be avoided as much as possible and it should be stored away from sunlight.
  • It has very good hardness and is durable enough, but still can develop internal cracks if knocked hard. Larger gemstone Jewelry should be worn with care.
  • It needs to be cleaned regularly, to retain its brilliance. It can loose luster, with deposits of dirt and oil on surface.
  • You can use normal soapy water to clean it and dry it with a soft clean cloth. Use of hash chemicals and ultrasonic cleaning should be avoided.
  • Extreme temperature can cause damage to jewelry, so it should be stored in a cool dry place.

Thats all from this series on Aquamarine, we would be coming up with a new stone soon for next month. You can email us your suggestions to info@jewelstruck.com, if you want any gemstone to be chosen in particular. Till then, keep rocking!

Image credit – Bead Fancy Designer

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GEMS December – How to care for Ruby

by JewelStruck on Dec.30, 2009, under GEMS, Jewelry Care

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Here comes our last post for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) December. We will be discussing on how to care for Ruby and Ruby Jewelry, so that it looks great always. But before that let me just summarize what all we posted about Ruby in GEMS December. We chose Ruby for GEMS to symbolize RED as December is HIV/AIDS awareness month.

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Dazzling Large Ruby Red Butterfly Brooch by GlitzUK

Lets come back to our last post on how to care for Ruby. A little care and caution can go a long way in preserving the luster and beauty of ruby jewelry

  • Ruby is hard but it is not advised to wear Ruby Jewelry while doing any rough work. While taking off Jewelry be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.
  • If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Get your Jewelry inspected by the local Jewelry store or from where you buied, atleast once a year.
  • Ruby jewelry or any other would tend to collect dust and soap behind the gem; use warm soapy water to clean it.
  • Remember to always wipe dry your Ruby Jewelry with a soft cloth to remove sweat, oils or moisture before storing it.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is approved from time to time to keep the Ruby blushing red.

Thats all we had in store for Ruby, we will be announcing our next month’s stone soon. Keep sending us your suggestions and feedback to info@jewelstruck.com.

Image credit – GlitzUK

Proper Care of Ruby Jewelry

Proper cleaning of Ruby Jewelry

Rubies can be cleaned by using a simple solution of hot soapy water, or even rinsed off using detergent soap. You may also use a lukewarm solution of one part ammonia to six parts water. Be sure to rise the jewelry carefully if you use the ammonia solution. Those with a particular eye for care for their ruby jewelry may want to take a toothbrush and use it to remove small particles of dirt and grease from the stone or the setting. Though chemical agents are unlikely to have any effect on the ruby stone itself, they may be detrimental to the gold or silver setting of ruby jewelry and so should be avoided if possible.

  • Avoid wearing jewelry around chemicals: If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Take off your jewelry before becoming active: such as in sports or in manual labor using machinery. Though you are unlikely to damage a ruby in any amount of rough, physical play since they are so hard, the jewelry that the ruby is mounted in may be damaged and even bent, causing the stone to pop out and be lost.
  • Have your jewelry inspected: At least once a year with the jeweler you bought it from. If you bought your jewelry online, you should be able to get an insured mailer in order to send it back to them, or take it to a local jewelry store and they should be happy to inspect and professionally clean your jewelry for you for a small fee.
  • When you take your jewelry off: Be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.

Taking the time to properly clean your fine ruby jewelry and having it inspected at least once per year is the best way to ensure that you will have it for a lifetime and that it will possibly survive you to become a family heirloom for you to pass down someday to your loved ones.

Move it Around

Rubies, like diamonds are a very versatile gemstone and may be worn on any part of the body successfully in order to accentuate and highlight your features. If you have had a particular ruby stone set in a ring, for example, you may later decide that you want to have the stone taken out of the ring and set instead in a necklace. Don’t be afraid to move your ruby around over the course of your life time, or better yet, buy a new ruby and allow the two of them to accentuate each other as well as you!

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How to Take Care of your Personalized Gold and Silver Jewelry

by Joy Jewlr on Nov.26, 2009, under Jewelry Care

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We all know the feeling.  You love your jewelry, but you’re not wearing it as often as you should.  You have a huge event coming up, beautiful party and you know just the necklace you want to wear.  But when you dive deep into your jewelry box, to your horror, you find that your favourite sterling silver is tarnished and dull!

When your dealing with precious gemstones, and beautiful gold and sterling silver, its important to look after them to ensure they continue looking new and beautiful!  A buildup of oil from our skin and everyday grime is the culprit of this dulling effect.  When you buy diamond or birthstone jewelry, you want it to last a lifetime.  To ensure that these pieces have the “forever” quality, you need to make sure you are equipped with the right tools to keep these pieces looking flawless, forever.

Let’s start with our care instructions for our gold pieces.  A great at-home tip is to clean your gold with a toothbrush and some soapy water.  Make sure you reach every inch of your jewelry with the brush.  Wash off the soap, and let the water run clear.  To buff up your favourite gold, dry it off with a lint-free cloth and watch how it shines!  If you aren’t an at-home-remedy sort of person, there are great non-abrasive jewelry cleansers that you can buy from any general jewelry shop.  Just make sure these cleansers are safe if you’ve personalized your gold with meaningful birthstones.  Always be sure to be gentle with your gold, we wouldn’t want to wind up with a scratch!

Although the cleaning of your gold jewelry is important, the general everyday care is what will keep your jewelry looking its best.  Try not to wear your jewelry all day, every day.  This is asking for scrapes and damages.  When they come off, individually putting them in a small velvet-lined case will keep them clean and safe.  If you’re an April baby, or you just love diamonds (and who doesn’t!) than you should ensure you keep your diamonds away from your gold.  Diamonds are hard, and they can easily scratch your gold and silver.  Finally, always make sure your jewelry is dry before you put it away.  Damp jewelry can cause springs and clasps to fail over time.

If you’re a silver sort of person, don’t worry because we have tips for you too! Polish your jewelry by rubbing or buffing it with a soft cotton cloth.  You can use a silver dip to help clean your product, then repeat the buffing process to bring out that beautiful shine you’ve been missing.  You should only use dip when your dry cloth buffing technique doesn’t work first.  When you’re done buffing, lock that shine in what a tarnish or simple lacquer shield.  We always say simple is best.  Before anything else, get a clean, soft cloth and polish your silver this way.

It’s easy to buy jewelry, but its much harder to keep it looking beautiful and clean.  Make sure you take good care of your rings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches to ensure that you’re looking your best, with your best jewelry forward!

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