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Tips and Tricks for How to Best Care For Your Jewelry

I've been in the jewelry business for almost 20 years and I've learned some foolproof tips and tricks for how to keep jewels looking their best. This post recommends items that I've used over the years and had success with, and is not sponsored in any way.  Tarnishing Tarnish is essentially exposure to air or moisture.  As far as types of jewelry that show wear the fastest are typically rings, necklaces and bracelets because they are in constant direct contact with the skin. Some people have more acidic skin than others and these changes in body chemistry can affect the tarnish rate. Amino Acids in perspiration contain sulfur or sulfides which accelerate the rate of tarnish. In hot humid climates, I would...

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Jewelry Terminology 101

I get asked all the time about the difference between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. It can be confusing, so I hope this will help make it all a little more clear!  Petite Cubist White Topaz Necklace in 14k yellow, white and rose gold.   Gold Jewelry Pure gold is 24 karats but since pure gold is very soft, jewelers add other metals to increase durability. The different numbers of karat refer to the levels of pure gold that are included in the mix of metals. 18K Gold and 14K Gold 18K gold means that 18 parts out of 24 are pure gold and 7 parts out 24 parts are other materials, it is 75% pure gold. 14K Gold is 58.3% pure gold (14...

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