Are you experiencing any of the following?
Dents or dings in your ring bands?
Loose bracelet links?
All jewelry is not created equal. Some pieces can withstand jumping jacks under an elephant and others seem to come apart with a cool breeze. Sometimes it’s the jewelry, sometimes it’s our personal habits. And there are many factors involved. Knowing these factors can also help us choose jewelry that fits our lifestyle and thus help us avoid regret.
Let’s look at what the cause may be to the damage you’re seeing.
Are you doing any of the following?
Sleeping in your jewelry
Links, toggle closures, posts and brackets can get hung, bent or broken while we toss and turn in our sleep. Not to mention they could come off and get lost! Remove your precious pieces before you turn in. It’ll cut down on those nightmares where someone is stabbing and slashing you. (It’s your jewelry poking and cutting you. lol)
Leaving jewelry tangled or balled up
This can also happen while sleeping, being improperly stored or if wearing it during vigorous movement. Store laying flat with no knots in a linear manner to avoid kinks and breaks.
Hanging heavy or moderately weighted necklaces or bracelets
I can’t stress this enough. Hanging jewelry puts stress on the links, wires, fabric and closures. In cases where the piece is lightweight, it’s ok, but overall, don’t risk the longevity of your piece. Store it lying down & untangled.
Storing in direct sunlight
If your piece has fabric, this is key. Direct sunlight can cause discoloration and/or fading. Not to mention that some sealants/glues may loosen with intense heat (like that through the window of a hot sunny day).
Wearing while jogging, doing dishes, using chemicals or operating machinery with moving parts
Sweat is acidic & dirt can cause wear on the finish of fashion jewelry. The buildup of dead skin & our body’s natural oils can also dull the shine on silver & gold. Avoid chemicals, creams & lotions as well. Some have found that not cleaning their 14K gold rings caused an allergic reaction because of the lotion, dirt and sweat that collected under them. EEEEW! Once cleaned, the allergic reaction stopped. Be careful not to wear loose jewelry (or to be safe, any jewelry) when operating machinery that could pull it off or get caught.
Wearing while gardening, washing dishes, washing your hair, washing your car, playing sports or doing manual labor
Again, dirt, oil, creams, soap with stripping properties, etc. can damage your fashion jewelry or cause buildup on your fine jewelry and require an increase of the number of necessary cleanings. Remove these items while completing these tasks to elongate their life.
Here are some facts about sterling silver:
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925. (Hence the 925 stamp found on sterling silver jewelry)
Many precious metals are very soft, which is why they are often combined with something else to add hardness so they will last longer.
Sterling silver tarnishes in the presence of sulfides in the air, emitted by diesel engines. Often, because silver tarnishes, it is often mistaken for imitation or silver-plated material. A good cleaning using natural products or a good quality jewelry cleaner designed specifically for sterling silver will restore the sheen and shine almost immediately (there are cases where more than one cleaning may be necessary. Be sure to follow the instructions to avoid damage to your item-don’t dip stones!!
Here are some ways to organize your jewelry. But notice the strands of pearls in the picture on the right? They should be stored in a line, not rolled or wound.
Silver Plate is a thin layer of Fine Silver placed over a base metal. Also known as Silver Tone, Silver Plate is often considered the most cost effective alternative to the more expensive forms of solid silver jewelry. That said, this form of silver is very thin, wears off easily and degrades in appearance quickly. (You won’t find these items in my selection for that very reason!)
Jewelry shouldn’t be worn in dirty or wet conditions or in situations where a lot of vigorous movement will occur. This is especially true for intricate or lighter weight pieces. Even sturdier pieces can take a beating if put in poor conditions. So love on your jewelry & it’ll be with you for years and years to come!
Questions? Ask away! Contact me.
Check ’em out, ladies! The newest styles are out! They’re bold, full of color & personality, just like you!
First up is this adjustable gold tone mesh bracelet. Talk about stylish! It’s classy and chic enough for work, but daring and dressy enough for night. Find it and more goodies by clicking the pic.
Next up is my day to night piece. It’s a waxed multistrand cord necklace with coordinating fish hook earrings. Pair it with a blouse and jeans, a suit or with anything in between! This new kid on the block can’t be beat when it comes to versatility!
For all the lovers of glam, there are 4 styles you’ll just swoon for. First is the crystal necklace grey, clear & gold. Second is the edgy hematite bib necklace set. Aren’t they fabulous? And don’t forget about the edgy link necklaces. Any of these would be a definite winner.
Lastly, I’m wigging out on new watches! They come in lovely, lively colors and some muted, sophisticated tones as well. They’re priced from $28-$38 and are a steal!
Thanks for stopping by to se what’s new this week. Let me know what you think! As always, you can find me on my blog, online store, FB, IG, Twitter, Google+ and email. If you have items you’ve been looking for, give me a shout and I can help you out! Until next time…
I’ve got some hot styles for the summer season! Just click the pic to get more info and even more detailed pics!
These chunky statement necklaces are beautiful, versatile & fun! They come in lots of eye-catching colors and are a fashion must have!
Coming down the runway are these gorgeous layer look necklaces with beautiful crystals and rhinestones. They have a classic gold tone so they’re great when you want a more vintage look.
Don’t think I left out the theme jewelry this week! This magnetic closure butterfly bracelet is as sweet as it is colorful. It’s a great addition to any wardrobe and it’ll match just about anything! So if you’re looking for versatile whimsy, this is your piece!
Well ladies, until next time, enjoy shopping and don’t forget to enter my monthly drawing for your choice of $30 in free jewelry!
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I know you’ve been waiting for an update on what’s in store, so here it is! Brand new cuff bangles and an old favorite that sells out every time I restock. They’ll be online soon, but you can still order via email or by using the contact form.
Rings are all the rage and these are some beauties! They’re all sterling silver.
New sterling silver earrings are also in stock. Whether you like dangles or posts, there’s a sweet treat for you!
Gift givers, be sure to request a Discount Card which is good for an entire year! Save 10%, 15% or 20% by purchasing a card today. Good on any purchase! Order via my contact form, email or online at http://www.thejewelryladystore.com!
Until next time, love your shine and love to shine ladies!
Lately I’ve been getting lots of jewelry questions like:
How do I clean my jewelry?
How do I store my jewelry?
When should I clean my jewelry?
What should I avoid when wearing my jewelry?
Well, I’m glad you asked! I know these are not all of the questions you could have, but I want to keep this post short and sweet. So off we go!
How do I clean my jewelry?
That’s a 3 part question because it depends on the material. Let’s look at all 3:
Gold jewelry-be sure to use a cleaner that is specifically for gold. Check to see if it is safe for stones! I accidentally picked up one once for my personal use that was JUST for gold and not for any type of stones. So I have to be careful to remember which cleaner is for what! You can also use this natural method I found on YouTube.
Sterling Silver jewelry-same advice. Be sure it specifically says sterling silver and check if it is ok for stones. There are natural cleaning options (salt, white vinegar & hot water in an aluminum pan lined with aluminum foil works very, very well). Here’s a YouTube video I used once before.
Fashion jewelry-Yes! You can clean fashion gold and silver jewelry! You just need to be careful. If you’re cleaning a chain, check out this video. If you’re cleaning the crystals or rhinestones, be sure to be EXTRA careful. Some crystals and rhinestones are in settings, so they should be ok. Just check the prongs of the settings after you’ve cleaned them. If they’re not set in, be EXTRA EXTRA CAREFUL so you don’t break down the adhesive. The last thing you want is clean, missing stones!
How do I store my jewelry?
I’m glad you asked! I see people everywhere suggesting that you hang your jewelry. However, I’m very much against it. This puts unnecessary stress on the rings and strands of your piece. The rings (unless they’re the type that are soldered together) are split and came come apart if pulled. So we should avoid hanging. This is not the case for very light pieces (a light chain and a small pendant, for instance). Instead, you should try storing them in drawers. Laying them out will keep them from getting tangled and allow you to view them easily like this:
(Source: nubry. com)
This is demonstrated here with bracelets, but you can do the same with necklaces! Imagine how much faster you’ll find and pick out your desired design!
When should I clean my jewelry?
Weekly would be great, but not everyone has the time. Monthly is very good. Some wait until they you realize it’s dirty, but it’s usually due for cleaning long before that. Be sure to give yourself enough time ( an hour should be good unless you have a ton of jewelry) so that you don’t have to stop and start. Getting on a cleaning schedule is a good idea.
What should I avoid when wearing my jewelry?
Try not to pass out: cleaners, oils, perfumes or anything else that contains chemicals, essential oils or abrasives. Avoid wearing your jewelry when you work out (sweat+jewelry=damage), garden (dirt=bad), swim (chlorine) or sleep. I’ve woken up to the worst scratches on my neck from my lobster clasp scraping my neck as I tossed and turned all night! Take it from me, just don’t do it!! Not to mention you want to avoid breaking your necklace, tangling it or it causing choking (morbid but true).
I hope these tips were helpful. If you have some to lend, please share! And if you need more pieces to store, enjoy my online store at http://www.thejewelryladystore.com!
The advice in this post is to be used at your own discretion and at your own risk. The Jewelry Lady, its owners, affiliates & owners of YouTube videos mentioned above are held harmless by the viewer. Again, use this advice at your own risk!
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I know you had a marvelous time at the Destiny Christian Center Women’s Empowerment Conference! I was excited to be able to sow into your experience by gifting you with a memento & a scripture that has touched my heart many times. I hope you enjoyed your little goody bag! So, on to business. Got your ticket? Ready to register? Great! Please register by clicking the photo below or clicking here. Thanks so much for your time and interest. Please stop by tomorrow to see my Greensboro store or visit my online store for more shopping fun. Need a map or directions? Get them here. Thanks for stopping by my table and I hope you win! PS-For those who found coupons in their goody bag, be sure to stop by before they expire! Thanks again!
I know it’s been a bit since I’ve posted, but I’ve had a lot of new styles come in and it’s been keeping me busy. So, I’d like to give you some tips from a specialist so when they’re released you’ll be ready and raring to go! I recently discovered this wonderful wardrobe stylist blog, www.susiestyles.com.
Here’s one of her posts on YouTube about how to wear jewelry. Enjoy!
Also, be sure to visit http://www.thejewelryladystore.com to see these new items:
Until next time, be sure to look like no one else!
Don’t sit around looking like this guy, ask The Jewelry Lady!
I know getting us gifts can be tricky business. So I’m here to take away some of the mystery. First, stick with what you know. Buy what she likes. Even better, buy what she asks for! If jewelry is her thing, you’re at the right place. If you want a gift that has special requirements, just contact me. You can find all of these items and more at www.thejewelryladystore.com or by browsing my FB page.
Ok, I am FLOORED! My suits (yes I have been know to sell suits to choirs on occasion-former life that I’ll explain one day) and jewelry are being worn by the Love & Faith Christian Fellowship Choir!!! (http://www.loveandfaith.org/) I’m just outdone, y’all! This was more than a year ago and to be honest, I’d completely forgotten about it. The crazier thing is how I saw this video. The hubby & I were watching tv (he was flipping channels as usual) & he stopped on TCT. I was wondering why we were watching it when it was like the Holy Spirit tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Look. Look at what they’re wearing.” I looked & looked and it finally dawned on me that those were MY suits and MY necklace sets that they were wearing!!!! I know I’m gushing a bit, but please celebrate with me. I’ve never had exposure this large and I didn’t ask for it or expect it. But obviously The Father did! So I want to encourage you to keep on doing good things, because in due season you WILL reap if you faint not!
Please enjoy this marvelous choir and the message they bring. It’s TRUE!
Until next time,
Today’s one of those days when I’ve decided to catch up on my photo inventory. Yeah, I get behind sometimes. But when it’s time to catch up, it’s so much fun!! So enjoy the results of me being bitten by the shutter bug!
Look for these styles on my site, http://www.thejewelryladystore.com very soon!
Hey everyone! I’ve enjoyed the break, but it’s time to get back into action. I had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year and I hope you did too! But my first dilemma came this morning when I looked at the high for the day (a whopping 30+ degrees) and thought, “What in the world am I gonna wear to work today?? It’s gonna be FREEZING OUTSIDE!!” Oddly enough, I found this video that asked the same question and did a great job of answering. The short answer? LAYERS!
One major tip for wearing jewelry in cold weather: Wear it on top of your collar and sleeves. There’s nothing like cold metal, pearls or beads to make you want to rip them off. Here’s the video to give you more details on how to stay toasty on your morning commute. And don’t forget to scroll down and see my latest additions to my 2015 jewelry collection!
See these items and more in my online store http://www.thejewelryladystore.com (or at our Greensboro, NC location)!
Til we meet again,
Hey my super stars! I’ll let you know up front that this will be a super short post. I have jewelry coming in left and right over the last 2-3 weeks for the Christmas season and it’s been so busy! However, I want to keep you informed about what’s online at http://www.thejewelryladystore.com and in store, so here’s a review of what’s just come in. I’ll have more pics in on next week. If you’d like to see the absolute latest, stop by my Greensboro, NC location or check out my FB page, http://www.facebook.com/thejewelrylady.co. So here’s the latest selection. Enjoy!
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