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How to clean your opal jewelry

How to clean your opal jewelry
You can clean opal jewelry using a simple solution of non-abrasive dishwashing detergent and water.  Add a few drops of palmolive, dawn or gentle soap to a cup of water and gently mix..  Swish the ring through the water and clean with a soft cloth.  Any other stones on the piece can be cleaned with a soft bristle brush, like a baby toothbrush, avoiding the surface of the opal itself.  By the...


Creating new memories & traditions

Americans are scaling back their holiday spending. (more than 12 million consumers are still carrying debt from last winter's holiday season!) If you’re happy with your holiday spending level, you may simply want some holiday gift ideas. If you would like to cut down on spending in attempts to avoid the stress of holiday debt, here’s a creative list of inexpensive Holiday gift giving ideas. Perhaps you can start a new family tradition with one of these ideas!
1. Draw names
You can have the adults draw names amongst themselves and then give gifts to all the children. Or include the children...


Grandma’s Old Jewelry Made New Again!

Many of you “girls” have some lovely old pieces of jewelry that your Grandma or your Great Aunt has passed on to you. These pieces might be sterling silver or gold and some are just garden variety costume jewelry.  However, any piece handed down will have a lot of memories, and therefore good karma, attached to it. The wearer will feel wonderful when sporting that particular piece of jewelry. Unfortunately, fashions come and go, and some items will end up looking a bit, dare we say, dated?  Short of leaving the pieces gathering dust bunnies in a drawer...


Gonna wash that green right out of my ring

“Eek!  I just took my sterling silver ring off and where did that green “ring” on my finger come from?” What is going on? Some of your friends might try to tell you that the green residue proves your ring is not the real deal and is NOT sterling silver. That is not really the case. If your finger has any moisture on it such as water, sweat (who, you?), or is damp from humidity in the air, the green tinge on the ring is the result of a chemical reaction. In other words, the moisture on your...


How to clean sterling silver jewelry with baking soda

How to clean sterling silver jewelry with baking soda

   Sterling silver jewelry can lose its luster over time, but it’s not lost forever. You can bring back the shine to sterling silver with an inexpensive home staple -- baking soda. Don’t use baking soda to clean sterling silver that contains stones like diamonds, rubies, pearls or other precious, delicate gems, as it can cause damage. But as for the rest of your sterling silver, a baking soda bath is as easy as one, two, three.
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