Jewelry Care: Caring for, Cleaning, and Storing Your Precious Jewelry

Your jewelry is precious. Whether it holds monetary or sentimental value, or both, your jewelry is special. So how do you keep your jewelry looking it's best? Most people believe that a certain amount of wear and tear is to be expected. Not so. There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your precious jewelry is in as perfect condition as the day you bought it.

When not to wear your jewelry:

One of the best ways to keep your jewelry looking good is knowing when not to wear it. Many people never take their jewelry off, for sentimental reasons. But the fact is that there are many routine activities that may damage, or even destroy, your precious jewelry. Examples of these activities include:

Gardening: Aside from getting your jewelry dirty, gardening is one of the easiest ways to chip or lose precious stones, as well as scratch gold or platinum jewelry. Remember that gold is an extremely soft metal, and platinum, while about twice as strong as gold, is still easily scratched.

Household cleaning: You should never wear your jewelry while doing household cleaning! Many common cleaning solutions contain chemicals that may damage or discolor precious gems or metals. Also, while doing housework, you are bound to rub your jewelry against abrasive materials. When it comes to gold even dust can be abrasive enough to do damage.

Swimming: The chlorine in swimming pools can do extensive damage to your jewelry. Chlorine can pit and discolor gold, as well as take the polish off of precious gems. Chlorine will also do damage to settings, causing gems to come loose, and greatly increasing the risk of losing them.

Sleeping: Yes sleeping! While sleeping you will unconsciously brush your jewelry against the sheets. The dust on your sheets, or the sheets themselves, acts as a fine abrasive, which, over time, will wear down the settings of your rings. If you must wear you ring to bed, you should turn the ring so that the gem is facing the palm of your hand. This way it is less likely to come in contact with abrasive materials.

You should also avoid extreme temperature changes. For example: If you are wearing a diamond ring in a hot tub (which you should not do in the first place) and you then decide to jump into a cold pool, your diamond may very well crack, or even shatter!

When deciding whether or not to wear your jewelry you should just use common sense. If you think that you might be doing something rough, or if you think you might come into contact with chemicals or abrasives, it's best to simply not wear your jewelry. Better safe than sorry.

Cleaning your jewelry:

Cleaning your jewelry is really pretty simple. The best way to clean your jewelry is by soaking it in warm water with a mild liquid detergent or soap. After letting your jewelry soak for three or four minutes rinse it off under …

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Fighting the Green Monster In Your Jewelry Box: Caring For Your Costume Jewelry

Do you remember the morning you picked out your favorite fashion jewelry accessories and you noticed that it looked dingy and discolored? Yeah, me too. For lovers of costume jewelry, this is sadly a very common occurrence and until you learn how to properly care for costume jewelry, you'll continue to lose your beautiful fashion accessories to the green monster that lives in your jewelry box. So here are a few things you should keep in mind when caring for your favorite costume jewelry.

First things first, keep costume jewelry as far away from moisture as possible. In case you haven't noticed, warmth and moisture ruin almost everything. So if you have plans to use your fashion jewelry for a long period of time, you have to make sure that they stay dry at all times. Whenever you have to carry out any activities that may involve water like dishwashing, laundry or even swimming it's best you do these activities without wearing your jewelry. If they come in contact with water by any chance, make sure you dry them immediately.

Do not wear them every day. Sometimes, just like all of us, your costume jewelry needs a break from time to time. Wearing them every day would only result in their early demise. So if you want those necklaces and earrings to have a place in your jewelry box for a long time, you may want to alternate pieces every now and then. If not, consider stocking up on a few of the same style and alternating them from time to time. The good thing about costume jewelry is that it's affordable and having a small stockpile will keep you in fashion without breaking the bank.

If you absolutely don't have to wear them, don't. Now that we've established that costume jewelry shouldn't be worn every day, we should also note that they don't have to be worn all day either. Just because today is tassel necklace day doesn't mean you can't periodically remove your jewelry through the day. All that water and acid in your sweat is strong enough to tarnish or even break fashion jewelry. Think about it, do you really need to have them on when you're catching up on your favorite Netflix series? I didn't think so. So at that time of the day you're not trying to turn heads and take breaths away, it is absolutely okay to take them off. Most importantly, never sleep with your costume jewelry on. Trust me; the chances of meeting your soul mate in your dreams are slim to none.

Always clean them. I mean, you didn't have to hear this from me. If you're looking to use your costume jewelry for the longest possible time, then you should be cleaning them after each use. Although this may seem stressful at first, it pays off in the long run. All the oil, perfume, lotion or dirt that may have been transferred from your skin to your jewelry will eventually …

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Caring for Your Model Ship

After having spent many hours and in some cases years to create a work of art, you want to protect your ship model the best you can.

Protection starts at the build stage by avoiding chemical deterioration. All metals tend to oxidize to some degree. Typical metals found in a ship model built these days are Britannia (pewter type alloy), brass, copper, steel, stainless steel, tin alloy and aluminum. Prior to assembly, you should wash the metal parts with a mild soap and water, dry thoroughly, assemble then brush them with a lacquer clear coat. The lacquer clear coat can be found in your wife's medicine cabinet labeled clear nail polish.

To avoid biological deterioration, protect wooden parts with paint, clear varnish, oil or stain. Prepare the wood for staining or painting by sanding and then cleaning the wood. Sanding opens up the wood's grain so the wood stain or paint can better penetrate the wood's surface. When sanding is complete, remove all of the dust created by sanding. It's best to do this with something called a tack cloth-a pad made from treated loose weave fabric. Tack cloth catches almost every molecule of wood dust. When staining remove excess stain, wipe away stain which is sitting on the wood surface then rub the pigment into the wood with a soft cloth using a circular motion. Wipe one last time in the direction of the wood grain; This helps promote uniformity. To deepen the stain color, repeat the process until desired results are achieved. Lastly, choose a polyurethane topcoat with the desired sheen. Oil finishes such as Tung Oil harden when exposed to air. Tung oil soaks into the wood fibers before it begins to harden, thus forming a protective finish that moves with the wood.

Rigging lines can be preserved by coating them in bees wax. The bees wax not only will prevent fraying but act as a barrier to moisture so that the lines don't continually stretch and loosen depending on the amount of humidity in the room. If using the cake method, draw the line through the slots in the container, two to three times, giving the line a small turn with each pass. Now, you could now run the line across the surface of a 60 watt light bulb to melt the wax into the line.

To keep sail cloth material from deteriorating, visit your wife's medicine cabinet again and borrow her hair spray. A light spray will not only protect the sail but will hold the sail in a billowing form if that is how you would like it displayed. The biggest enemy of the sail cloth is the sun.

Where you display the model in your house is important. The model should not be displayed in direct sunlight or near a heat source. If you need to augment the lighting, use low voltage (low temperature) LED's.

The accumulation of dust, oil and dirt can be avoided by encasing your ship model. A solid case …

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