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  • How you could be unintentionally killing your jewelry...

    Like a new car, new jewelry eventually requires maintenance. This isn’t a suggestion, it’s a fact. When you love your jewelry, you wear it (as you should). When you wear it, you damage it. This fact is not so much about quality craftsmanship as it is about wear and tear.

    When you drive thousands of miles on your car, it is not the car’s fault the tires need to be replaced. The same concept can (and should) be applied to jewelry. Under elements of normal wear and tear your metals should last you the following number of years without requiring prong or shank maintenance.

    1. Yellow Gold – 5 Years
    2. White Gold – 8 Years
    3. Platinum – 20 Years

    This is under normal wear and tear. Below, I have created a list of activities that unintentionally kills jewelry. If you want to maximize the life of your jewelry and delay repair work as long as possible, please be (unofficially) advised to remove your jewelry when doing the following:

    1)      Cleaning:  Many cleaning chemicals contain chlorine – which is terribly harmful to most metals by causing porosity and weakening prongs and shanks. Even all-natural cleaning agents can do damage to jewelry. While they may not necessarily harm metal, they can damage most gemstones that have much softer compositional properties than diamonds. No, this does not exempt you from performing household chores! When it is time to scrub and disinfect your home, remove the jewelry on your hands first! Unlike your skin, jewelry does not heal and regenerate after chemical exposure.

    2)      Swimming: Just like with cleaning, more leisurely activities like, a soak in the hot tub or a quick swim before dinner, will damage your jewelry because of the chemical exposure.

    -Furthermore, when you swim (even in fresh or salt water) your hands are exposed to cooler temperatures. When your hands are cold your fingers constrict, when your fingers constrict your rings become loose fitting, when your rings are loose they fall off!

    3)      Yard Work: We have all had blisters from raking, weeding, chopping, stacking, digging, and/or harvesting. Am I right? We have all seen what yard work does to our hands (and muscles!), imagine what it is doing to your jewelry on a microscopic level. Over time, you will do damage that will bring your ring to our repair shop. May it be a broken prong, a chipped stone, or a missing stone, you will need it repaired, and it will cost you money.

    4)      Hiking: One of my best friend’s engagement ring was purchased from me. A month after the proposal, she texted me saying her platinum was terribly scratched (and it was!).

    The conversation went something like this:

    Her: “You said platinum was durable.”

    Me: “You climbed a mountain with your ring on.”

    Need I say more? (Sorry, Karis. I use your active lifestyle as an example on a regular basis.)

    5)      Sleeping: This is a big one. The biggest, really. Folks, take your jewelry off before bed. You’re not as delicate of a sleeper as you think you are.

    You may think you sleep like this:

    But you really sleep like this:

    When you toss and turn you are susceptible of snagging prongs in your blankets and stretching/tangling your chains. There is only so much of this that your jewelry can take.

    Eventually, something is going to give and it is going to either need repair or replacement.

    6)      Gym: Kudos to all of you who work out. Really, you put my couch-potato self to shame.  I never damage my jewelry sitting on the couch. Neither will you. You will, however, damage your jewelry at the gym. Whether you are pumping iron, practicing your left JAB, or using the rowing machine (all things, I have never done in my life) you are putting serious strain on your rings. Those of you wearing rings with stones are at the most risk. FYI: Activity that causes your ring to be pressed into your hand or against something else, even if it’s only at the bottom, will bend your ring. It may not be evident right away, but when your ring bends it effects the structural integrity of the tension holding your gemstones in. They will become loose and gold work will be required to strengthen your ring again. You may even chip your stones, requiring replacement. Yes, diamonds are the least likely to chip, but they can and will if under significant strain or impact.

    7)      Carrying heavy loads: If you’re like me, you hate making two trips out to the car to bring in groceries. To maximize your efficiency, I’m sure you carry all 17 bags and a gallon of milk into the house in one trip. This will bend your ring and snag prongs catastrophically. Reread the FYI from point #6.

     

    Jewelry is precious, delicate and valuable. While it deserves to be shown off, it deserves to be treated carefully to maximize its beauty and longevity. Please remove your jewelry before engaging in the activities listed above – they are the most frequent culprits of jewelry damage!

     

    When the time comes, and you need repairs, Day’s Jewelers has the most professional, talented, meticulous, caring, certified and accredited jewelers in the industry. I have had the pleasure of working with most of them, I trust and respect them completely. You will too!

     

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  • How To: Find Jewelry that Compliments Your Lifestyle

    Lifestyle: 

    The first thing to think about when you are looking for jewelry for yourself or for someone else is what type of lifestyle do you have. That may seem odd, however, for someone that is active high set rings and metals that tend to scratch easliy would not be a good choice for them. Here are a few quick references to the following lifestyle types:

    Active

    What is an active lifestyle? Someone that loves the outdoors, goes hiking, does a lot of gardening. Or a person that works in a hospital, with children, or is always on the go doing something! If you are shopping for someone with an active lifestyle you want to look for:

     

    dsct0579_11. Setting

    Active people tend to hit their jewelry often. For that reason, setting a diamond or gemstone into a bezel setting is typically a better option. This type of setting will protect the stone from it's surroundings. It hugs the entire stone and assures that there will be no bending prongs to catch on anything, the stone cannot get loose and fall out, and it typically sits lower than a prong mounting so that it will not get in the way of the day to day activities.

    2. Gemstones and Diamonds

    When thinking about the gemstones, the harder the better. Gemstones and diamonds are measured by the Mohs scale. The Mohs scale characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

    When a person is active they tend to bump, rub, and hit their jewelry on many things. Having a harder stone will assist in making sure that nothing will happen to the gemstone or diamond.

    Here are some Mohs scales for common gemstones: Peridot and Opal 6-7, Quartz 7, Emerald 7.5, Topaz 8, Sapphire 9, Diamond 10.

    Non-Active

    We know that everyone is active in some way typically. However, some people spend more time sitting at a desk for work. These types of people have more of a selection when it comes to settings for their jewelry. Here are some options for people with less active lifestyles:

    1. Setting

    The great thing about a person with a "non-active" lifestyle is that the setting doesn't much matter. It really comes down to their personal preference. The one thing that I would suggest as a person who works at a desk myself, eternity bands can get in the way when typing all day long. When wearing an eternity band the back side sits lower than most bands do (because it is holding gemstones all the way around), and it can hit on the desk, the keyboard, and the mouse throughout the day. This is something to be careful about as you can risk damaging the gemstones or loosing them, if too much pressure and banging occurs.

    2. Gemstones and Diamonds

     

    gemstonesNow, even if you aren't an "active" person, but you have a piece of jewelry you are going to wear daily, I would suggest a harder stone for you as well. Even when gemstones don't get bumped around a lot, they still get bumped around a lot (we just don't realize it). If you are a person that works in an office, a stay at home mom, or you do all the running around for the household, not only do you get worn down, but so does your jewelry.

    For your reference again, Mohs scales for common gemstones: Peridot and Opal 6-7, Quartz 7, Emerald 7.5, Topaz 8, Sapphire 9, Diamond 10.

    Regardless of your lifestyle:

    No matter your lifestyle, there are some general Do's and Don'ts for your jewelry. There are also metal options you can think about for those that cannot wear gold or silver.

    1. Do's and Dont's

    Do have your jewelry clean and inspected at least every 6 months (most local jewelers will do this free of charge)

    Do keep your jewelry somewhere safe and secure. As well as seperated from each other so that your items do not rub against each other.

    Do put on perfume, lotions, hairspray, etc...BEFORE putting on your jewelry (and allow to dry). Especially pearls.

    Don't clean with your jewelry on. Household cleaners can cause damage to your jewelry.

    Don't wear your jewelry in a pool or hot tub. Chemicals in these can cause damage to your jewelry.

    Don't wear your jewelry in the shower. Soap residue in rings and earrings can cause your jewelry to look dull and if you do not dry those areas well you can cause skin irratations.

    Don't put lotion on while wearing rings. This too can make your jewelry look dull and collect under your gemstones or inbetween areas of your rings.

    2. Sensative Skin?

    Some people need hypoallergenic metals, as they are sensative to the alloys in others. Here are a few metal choices for those that have sensative skin or need a hypoallergenic option: platinum, palladium and titanium.

    These are just a few things to think about when finding jewelry that compliments your lifestyle. Remember your settings, gemstones and metal types are very important. Also, for any lifestyle, the do's and dont's when wearing your jewelry. We want you to be sure your jewelry lasts a lifetime.

    About the Blogger: 

    dsc_4774I'm Melissa or you might see me as "~MKW", your personal shopper at DaysJewelers.com. Feel free to ask me anything! I love meeting new people and helping them find the perfect piece for themselves or for that special someone!

    I'll let you in on a secret: I am addicted to shoes and jewelry. Perfect for this job!

    Questions or comments, please let me know! I love hearing from our customers. 800-439-3297 ormwildes@daysjewelers.com

    ~Melissa (MKW), Your Personal Shopper

     

     

  • How To Clean Sterling Silver without Chemicals

    Many of us like to help in keeping the Earth a clean place to live. We see it on Pinterest all the time; ways to make detergents and homemade cleaners and we pin them thinking it's a great idea. This stops us from having to buy the awful chemical items and we help lessen then amount of bottles in landfills.

    One of the common properties of sterling silver is that tarnishes.  Tarnish on sterling silver jewelry  is most often removed by with a specially treated polish cloth or by dipping jewelry into a liquid chemical  created especially for this purpose.  Here is a way to remove tarnish on your sterling silver jewelry with harmless substances found in just about every kitchen.

     

    zen-81. Put a heatproof glass jar in the sink

    2. Fill the jar about 2/3 full with boiling water

    3. Wrap your jewelry loosely in aluminum foil (you can put 2 or 3 pieces in the same packet)

    4. Drop the foil packet into the jar of boiling water

    5. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda

    6. Watch as the water foams up, possibly overflowing the jar

    7. When the foaming stops, use tongs to retrieve and rinse the hot foil packet

    8. Open the packet and rinse the jewelry

    9. If necessary, brush the jewelry with a toothbrush dipped in warm soapy water to brighten the finish

    (note: you can reuse your aluminum foil for future cleanings)

    This is sometimes referred to as a “redox” or oxidation reduction reaction. Electrolytes emitted from the foil adhere to the sterling silver creating oxygen which removes the tarnish.

     

    melissa_4_webLet us know how it works for you, or if you have any other household jewelry cleaning tips, please share them with us at info@daysjewelers.com.

    Day's Jewelers was established in 1914. We have educated professionals to help with any questions you may have. We are real jewelers, for real people.

    ~MKW

     

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