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How to Clean Jewelry Like a Pro

How to Clean Jewelry Like a Pro

So you've purchased a new piece of sterling silver Maine jewelry, but you want to make sure you are taking care of it correctly?  Well you've come to the right place!  I'm going to provide you with some cleaning techniques that won't break the bank and will keep your treasures shining bright.  

 

Why Sterling Silver Jewelry?

 

The silver that we use here at Gem Lounge Jewelry is all eco-friendly, recycled sterling silver.  It is all locally reproduced whicsh means it is better for the environment as no new mining has taken place.  Real silver and gold are genuine metals that will always hold value.  Throughout our history, silver and gold have always been desired in jewelry, used as currency, and more.  That's why by purchasing sustainable jewelry, you are also investing in yourself!   

Soft Stones and How to Clean Them:

 

There are a number of soft stones that require extra care.  Stones like opals, turquoise, and genuine pearls are softer in density, easily scratched, and all around need to be handled with kid clothes when it comes to cleaning. 

 

The stones listed below are on the list that I believe requires extra attention:

 

* Diamonds                *Opals                   *Pearls                      *Peridot

*Turquoise                  *Amber                 *Emerald                   *Tourmaline

*Coral                         *Agate

 

I recommend using warm water and a few drops of Dawn dish detergent with a paper towel to wipe the stone area.  It's best to use jewelry polishing cloths like Sunshine Polishing cloths to clean all the metal of the piece.  These amazing cloths can be used on any sterling silver, gold, bronze, and copper jewelry.  You will literally see the tarnish wipe off onto the cloth but believe me, you can reuse this cloth until it's covered!  

 

Once cleaned, if you aren't wearing your jewelry regularly, it's best to store it in the anti tarnish bags that Gem Lounge provides with every piece of jewelry we sell.  These small bags are good for up to two years of protecting your pieces and saving the hassle of cleaning pieces regularly.   

 

  • An affordable jewelry technique that I recommend and use in my studio is an ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machine.  This is NOT recommended for the gemstones listed above.  The hot water which can be produced from an ultrasonic machine can be too much for these types of stones and can cause heat fractures, chip, or overall damage the jewelry.  

 

  • A great way to keep your jewelry clean after taking these steps is to store your jewelry in the anti-tarnish bags that I package every piece of Maine jewelry that I sell in.  This will protect your jewelry for up to two years if stored in the bags when not being worn. 

 

  • Tarn-X is a great option for cleaning jewelry that does not contain stones.  

 

Using these steps will help keep your jewelry clean for year's to come! :-)

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2018 Pantone Color of the Year

2018 Pantone Color of the Year

2018 Pantone Color of the Year

 

The Pantone Color Institute has announced this year's color of the year, Ultra Violet!  This highly anticipated announcement is something to get excited about.  The announcement of the Pantone color of the year is usually a precursor for some amazing styles in the design world for the year to come!  "Recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom color development, and palette recommendations for product and corporate identity, Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology and emotion of color in their design strategy." (1)

 

2018 Ultra Violet Jewelry Trends

 

The Pantone color of the year for 2018, Ultra Violet follows in the footsteps of bright, vibrant colors that the institute has announced over the years.  One of the best representatives of this deep purple in jewelry is purple amethyst.  This February birthstone makes a wonderful gift idea.  

           2018 Pantone Color of the Year Amethyst Wrapped Necklace, $45

 

                 Purple Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring, Gem Lounge Jewelry, $65 

 

                   Ultra Violet- Pantone Color of the Year. Purple Amethyst Set

 

 

2018 Pantone Color of the Year Gift Ideas

 

We've compiled a great collection of some rich purple gift ideas.  These gifts all feature the Ultra Violet color for this years season.  All of these range in price to fit anyone's budget.

 

 Pantone Color of the Year 2018 ULTA VIOLET Throw Pillow, $18.25

 

Ultra Violet Butter Nailpolish, $10 

 

 

Mikado Jersey Bodice Trumpet Gown, Nordstrom, $218.00

 

References:

 

(1) https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

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Moonstone Engagement Rings

Moonstone Engagement Rings

What is Moonstone?

Moonstone is actually a member of the feldspar mineral group.  Feldspar is one of the most prevalent mineral found on the planet.  Other members of this mineral group consist of labradorite (moonstone's sister stone), rainbow moonstone, sunstone, and amazonite.  Moonstone and labradorite both have the cloudy irradescent glow that isn't found in any other stone in the world.  

Is Rainbow Moonstone a Real Moonstone?

Rainbow moonstone technically isn't even moonstone at all but a variation of labradorite.  It's translucent beauty is hard to deny and makes an amazing statement piece!  Rainbow moonstone pieces are so beautiful and can go with any outfit that they make a must have for any collection.

Non Traditional Engagement Designs

Because of the natural beauty of moonstones, they make a wonderful non traditional engagement ring.  We have a gorgeous rainbow moonstone ring that we've sold numerous times as an engagement ring.  All of the designs that we carry are created with American made, recycled genuine metals.  All of our gemstones are also locally sourced.  

 

Moonstone Sterling Silver Ring, Gem Lounge Jewelry, $68

Moonstone Engagement Ring

 Rose Gold Moonstone Engagement Ring, EJCollections, $895

 

 Moonstone Halo Engagement Ring, MichelliaDesigns, $695

 Princess Moonstone Engagement Ring, Belesas, $178.99

 

 

Why Choose Handcrafted?

All of our handcrafted designs are created right at our lakeside studio in Maine.  We utilize all recycled and eco-friendly genuine metals and locally sourced gemstones whenever possible.  Here at Gem Lounge Jewelry, being eco-friendly is also important to us.  We use recycled packaging including boxes, cards, etc along with our recycled materials in our designs.  You will be happy to know that all of our jewelry from Gem Lounge Jewelry is all created with love in the U.S.A.

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