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Caring for Your Jewelry

From rustic jewelry trees (featured tree above is from West Elm) to lady-like, painted ceramic wares, jewelry storage options have dug itself a nice little niche within the home and interior décor industry. However, as temptingly-stylish as those options appear, I encourage you to think twice and perhaps opt for something a little more orthodox. From left to right: Jewelry Box by HomePointe | Mid-Century Cufflinks Box in White Lacquer |Renee Sectioned Sueded Jewelry Box in Black by Mele & Co. The best way to care for and maintain the life of your jewelry is by truly treating it like treasure. Keep your pieces individually tucked away, cleaned regularly, and have your finer pieces examined by a professional on a yearly basis to make sure that your gem settings are secure. Taking these measures will help ensure that your jewelry indeed lasts a lifetime and longer. Here are some simple guidelines to follow: -Avoid wearing jewelry when using household chemicals such as chlorine bleach. These substances can lead to the discoloration or damage of your …

Finding the Right Necklace Length For You

When shopping for jewelry online, it can be tricky to imagine the scale and size of a piece relative to the rest of you, even when the seller provides the product dimensions.   With necklaces, it can be difficult to visualize where a given necklace is going to sit relative to the chest and neckline.  I’ve created this quick image guideline to make life easier:

Altered Beauties: Gem Treatment

It’s very easy to feel spellbound by the first glimmering gem that you see in the jewelry case. How could Mother Nature produce such a vivid blue sapphire? Or, take a look at that stunning princess cut emerald! However, before you purchase that emerald pendant, make sure you are making an informed purchase. To do so, you need to know about gem treatments. Every natural gem comes from a piece of “rough.” Rough refers to the original rock or mineral chunk discovered and retrieved from the mine. Expert gem cutters and manufacturers than examine each piece of rough in order to assess how best to cut and polish it to yield the most marketable and attractive gemstone(s). Quite often, however, those gemstones still need a little “help.” Much to the chagrin of an unknowing consumer, the gems we see in the department store jewelry case are not always naturally quite so rich in color or “flawless” in clarity. Sometimes, they need to be enhanced through treatment. These treatments should be disclosed during the purchase of …

Deciphering Your Jewelry Metals

My introduction to the jewelry world began in much the same way as many other little girls—my mother’s jewelry box. Tucked away in a small porcelain box decorated with delicately painted blueberries on top, it was a collection that never ceased to fascinate. It didn’t matter how many times I sifted through its contents: a set of emerald and gold studs, a gold class ring, an organically carved jade pendant on a silver chain… And of course, the pièce de résistance—the golden band sitting on my mother’s left ring finger. At the time, metal distinctions and gem quality were beyond the scope of my interest or understanding. As long as a piece could call that box home, I knew it was important to my mother, and could subsequently be called treasure. My own jewelry collection started with costume jewelry. Amongst its contents you’d find: silver-plated chain necklaces with small charms dangling at the center à la Claire’s, little gold colored rings with a single pearl bead right from the supermarket’s 50 cent candy and toy …