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Silver Jewelry Cleaning and Care

May 7th, 2013 11:23 pm

All people who wear sterling silver jewelry need to care for it on occasion. Sterling silver tarnishes, and we need to clean and polish it to keep it sparkling. Highly polished silver can reflect up to 95% of direct light back to the viewer, giving it a truly mirror like finish. Some pieces just don’t look right unless they’re really polished – to a bright shine while other pieces look their best with an “antique style” finish.

As a natural material, silver reacts with its environment, especially the chemicals in the air and, over time, silver does become tarnished. This doesn’t mean that your fabulous new piece of jewelry is defective, far from it, it just proves that your beautiful accessory is good quality silver.

It’s very easy to get your silver jewellery back to its former glory and, like most things, the earlier you catch the tarnish the easier it is to get rid of it. When tarnish starts to turn any colour from yellowy brown to black you may have to get it professionally cleaned.

You can clean your mildly tarnished silver at home with sterling silver dips – but you do need to be careful! The dips, while very effective at removing tarnish, are equally as effective at removing the colour and polish off gemstones. It’s a good rule not to dip any jewellery with stones, but gemstones that are particularly affected are pearls, sodalite, malachite, lapis lazuli, white opals, turquoise or any soft or porous stones.

Also remember not to leave your jewelry in the dip too long and don’t rinse it off with cold water otherwise you could find your jewellery gets a white residue which can be as hard to remove as the tarnish. To make sure your jewellery stays perfect, always read the manufacturer’s instructions.

To clean untarnished silver (and keep it that way), use a phosphate-free detergent or non-abrasive cloth made for cleaning jewelry – these cloths should come with a built in jewellery cleaner.

There are also some preventative steps you can take – so that you won’t have to worry about tarnished silver. Cleaning your silver regularly is one way to avoid it but you can also avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often. Just be careful that when you’re wearing your silver that you don’t expose it to household chemicals, hair products, perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration, rubber, latex, chlorinated water or direct sunlight.

Avoiding (or at least reducing) tarnish is easy, just make sure you put your make-up, perfume and hairspray on before you put your jewelry on – and take off your silver jewelry before you go swimming and sunbathing. Getting dressed just like your granny used to, with jewelry last, has more than just quaint traditionalism to recommend it – it’s a habit that’ll help keep your jewelry sparkling and beautiful.

Diamond Engagement Ring

August 29th, 2012 10:21 pm

It is always necessary for the dealer to explain why a smaller finer diamond costs more than a larger not as fine gem. The consumer must be aware that some small imperceptible defects may exist on the less fine stone, but they do not hurt the appearance of the it. These small imperceptible defects will however lower the price of the stone. It may make sense for a consumer to buy a bigger less fine stone for the price of a smaller fine stone for the same price.

The buyer must always beware that these small imperfections will hurt the resale value. High grade stones will always retain a lot more monetary value than a stone of a poorer grade. It is also harder to resell a stone of poorer grade. If the buyer entertains the converting of the stone into cash, it is much wiser to buy only the better grades as regards to perfection.

In color, the public is also advised not to go with the very highest of grades, but a stones of rather less rare tints. Never buy a low grade off color stone that is perceptible to average eye. It is suggested that colored diamonds be purchased in the grades of Crystals and Silver Capes. The average retailer will probably call them blue white and fine white. Always insist on seeing the stone in broad day light, as to check for imperfections. In regards to the cheaper colored stones they possess more bang for the buck. The resale value on a colored stone with imperfections is not very high. On the other hand, the resale value of a fine grade colored gem is fairly high.

The next step in choosing a stone is the cut or make. The cut more than any factor, determines the brilliancy of the stone. The brilliancy includes both the perfect reflection of white light and the prismatic display of colored lights. The consumer can test the brilliancy of a stone without the use of measurements. If the stone is cut well it will have the same brilliancy from any distance up to twenty feet from the eye. At no distance should the stone appear weak or less brilliant in the center. Over thick stones will appear vacant, or dark, in the center. The stone that is cut too thin will have a ring of brilliancy around the outside around a black center, producing the fish eye effect. Over thick and over thin stones should be avoided.

The buyer must also scrutinize the finish of a stone. All of the stones facets should be symmetrically related to each other. The facets should be above the girdle should match those below in position. The upper facets and the lower facets should directly line up and the edges should meet. The finish of the stone should also be well checked. Most rough or chipped areas will be around the girdle.

Only a stone that appears perfectly round should be accepted. Stones of other contours are much less salable. The buyer must be aware that the price per carat advances rather rapidly with increase in size up to somewhat over a carat. Smaller diamonds are much more abundant in the mines than the larger ones. The law of supply and demand dictates the prices of diamonds on the market.

Capri Jewelry, a family owned and operated company, has been in the business of diamonds and jewelry for over 30 years. Having established a well known, and recognized retail store in the Los Angeles Jewelry District for over 3 decades, their family decided to expand their services worldwide and offer their high quality products online. As they say, “No two diamonds are ever exactly the same”, and they at Capri Jewelry like to see themselves in the same manner, much like “diamond in the rough”, never the same as the typical jeweler. Their work ethic, their inventory, expertise, and personable staff is what distinguishes their company from the rest. They strive to give you, the best customer service, the upmost attentiveness and care when shopping for your next piece of jewelry. Their goal is to treat each and every customer with the highest regard, as your satisfaction is their most valued asset.