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Jewelry Education

What is Your Ring Size?

There are many people who don't know their proper ring size. You can easily buy a ring sizer and find your ring size, but there is a faster way to get your ring size online. Use this video link to find your ring size using two different methods. You can buy the perfectly fitted diamond ring with the use of one of these methods. Watch this ring size help video and use this ring size chart to find your diamond ring size.

Jewelry Maintenance

Jewelry is designed to last a lifetime and for generations to come, but making sure it is cleaned and maintained is essential for that to be possible. As a vehicle, it is important to keep up with maintenance by taking it to a jeweler once a year. If jewelry is not properly inspected and maintained, it may result in costly repairs or replacements later on down the road. A few good strategies for maintaining jewelry's "new-looking" appearance and reducing the natural wear that will occur, is to remove jewelry during physical tasks, avoid wearing jewelry in swimming pools and spas, and do not put on jewelry until after you have applied any cosmetics. Wearing jewelry in swimming pools and spas will create a reaction due to the metal coming in contact with chlorine and will alter the look of the jewelry. As chlorine causes a reaction with the metal, perfumes and makeup also contain chemicals that can alter the composition of a piece of jewelry.

Frequent inspection of jewelry is important even if you are just planning on cleaning because if you clean jewelry that is already damaged, cracked, or broken, you may make the flawed spots more prominent. Cleaning jewelry with a polishing cloth gives the best results over a paper towel because paper towels can cause scratches due to the amount of the fibers in the material. An alternative way of cleaning jewelry is to use warm water or commercial cleaners. However, you should be careful when buying commercial cleaners because it may ruin some pieces of jewelry or the stones that are set inside of them.

When storing your jewelry, you should store it in a secure case to prevent sliding and bumping. Especially if you are storing gold or silver, they tend to tarnish quickly, so placing an anti-tarnish silver into your box to absorb the oxidants is recommended.

Caring for gold jewelry

The safest way to clean all gold jewelry is to clean it lightly with a soft cloth. You can get a deeper clean by letting your piece of jewelry soak in warm water with a non-detergent soap first and dabbing it dry. You may also use a very soft, worn toothbrush to get into the deeper crevasses of your piece of jewelry to get a more thorough clean. If your jewelry has a high polish or matte finish, it may be best to take it to your nearest jeweler to be advised on the best cleaning technique for that particular piece.

Caring for sterling silver jewelry

Caring for sterling silver jewelry is similar to gold, although if your silver has a high polish or matte finish, there are specific techniques you should use. For a highly polished silver, a special cloth for silver will do the trick to restore the shine in your piece of jewelry. For a silver piece with a matte finish, you can mix warm water with a little bit of baking soda to create a pasty texture. You can then use an old, worn toothbrush to brush away the imperfections of your sterling silver piece.

Caring for your wedding/engagement ring

Cleaning your wedding/engagement rings are very similar to gold. It is easiest to set out a bowl of warm water with a few drops of dish soap and let it soak for about 5-10 minutes; this will loosen up any dirt or grime that may be embedded in your ring. After the time recommended has passed, remove your ring and brush it with a small toothbrush gently around the settings. Be sure not to brush too hard because doing so could cause your stones to loosen, making them more susceptible to fall out.

As stated before, cleaning your silver and gold jewelry is recommended, but it does not take the place of the professional clean that a jeweler can give you. Make sure you plan time at least once a year to get your jewelry inspected and properly cleaned to avoid future costly repairs or replacements.