2015年12月30日星期三

iDream Jewelry offers the option of buying varieties of matching jewelries for couples. It also provides safe and secure online shopping experience to the buyers.


From time immemorial, couples have been expressing their love, commitment and affection towards each other through gifting different types of matching jewelries. In order to continue this trend, many online stores are now selling designer matching jewelries for couples. iDream Jewelry is one such firm which is offering exclusive collection of matching jewelries for couples. Here customers can easily search for their desired products either typing any specific keyword or browsing the category options in its home page. They can also sort products on the basis of prices, stones, colors, finish, style, item metal and so on. In this online store, many different types of promise rings for couples can be purchased at a reasonable price.

These rings are suitable for those couples who are not prepared for an engagement but are ready to proceed with their commitment to the next level. Various designs of such couple rings are available in this e-commerce site and are mainly made of sterling silver. The site also provides many useful suggestions for measuring the finger size before placing order for such rings. There is no better way of showing true love and commitment other than offering his and hers jewelry which includes varieties of matching necklaces, wedding bands, engagement rings and so on. Here users can also find varieties of matching bracelets of various shapes and price. These bracelets mainly act as the reminder of moments which the couple can cherish collectively for a long duration in their life.

This online store thoroughly protects the private information of the users and never shares them with unauthorized sources. Customers need to pay the full payment in advance at the time of placing order. There is no fixed minimum order quantity and so users can place order on any amount of product. This commercial site mainly accepts payment through PayPal and Western Union. The site uses the shipping option of Air Mail and International Expedited Express. It also offers free engraving service and provides varieties of designer engraving options for the customers to select for their tungsten jewelry.

The site offers 7 day money back guarantee for the products that are in new condition and 15 day return policy for defective products. For receiving the refund, customers have to mail their order to its address along with the original packaging. Customers do have the scope of submitting request for order cancellation at any time prior to the shipment. Product delivery normally takes 3-5 days and all products are well packed before forwarding for shipment. Customers have the chance of getting discounts on their purchase on accessing any of its coupon code.

About iDream Jewelry

iDream jewelry is a commercial platform from where customers can buy matching couples rings of various prices and shapes. It also offers free engraving services to the customers. To know more customers must log on its site.

2015年12月29日星期二

Silver is a versatile metal with a soft luster that makes for beautiful jewelry. Unfortunately, silver is also pretty fragile compared to many more commonly-used metals, and it can quickly develop tarnish, stains, or scratches. It can also be a bit intimidating to try to clean silver pieces because they are so delicate. However, you don't have to be a professional or use expensive tools to clean your silver yourself.

Method 1 of 3: Making a Salt Bath

1. Pour two cups of hot water into a bowl. You just need enough to cover the jewelry you're cleaning. This method works as a gentle cleanser that removes tarnish without abrading the silver.
  • If your silver is lightly tarnished, the salt bath should take the tarnish right off. 
  • If you're cleaning a lot of jewelry at once, you can use more water. For just one piece of jewelry, use less water.
  • If your jewelry has gemstones, make sure they won't be affected by being submerged in a saltwater solution. This solution is gentle on most stones, but if you're cleaning very fine jewelry with expensive gemstones, you're better off taking it to a professional just in case.
2. Add salt and aluminum foil. Stir one tablespoon of salt it into the hot water with a spoon until it completely dissolves. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and tear off a few strips, then put them in the bowl. The combination of salt and aluminum will react with the tarnish on the silver's surface and create a bright, shiny surface in place of the tarnish.
  • Tarnish happens when the surface of silver combines with sulfur and turns into silver sulfide, which is black. When silver sulfide reacts with aluminum in a salt solution, the chemical reaction between the substances turns the silver sulfide back to silver. The reaction happens faster when the solution is warm.
  • If you don't have table salt on hand, you can use baking soda instead. It has the right properties to facilitate the same chemical reaction.

3. Submerge your jewelry in the solution. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Stir it around a bit to see whether the tarnish is going away. When you see that the silver's shine has been restored, remove the silver from the solution.
  • If you're working with deeply tarnished silver, you might need to repeat the process two or more times. Make sure the solution is completely heated, since the reaction is much slower if the solution is cool.

4. Rinse the jewelry. Run it under cool running water to rinse off the salt, then gently dry it using a soft cloth or microfiber towel. The jewelry should be good as new. If you still see signs of tarnish, repeat the process until it looks clean. 

Method 2 of 3: Deep Cleaning Silver Jewelry

1. Purchase a silver polish. When tarnish develops on silver, a simple salt and aluminum bath may not suffice to remove it. Specially formulated silver jewelry polishes are your safest option for polishing silver jewelry, especially if you are dealing with an antique or a piece that has intricate designs etched into it.
  • Even special polishes can remove a layer of silver, so get a professional cleaning if you're dealing with a delicate piece.
  • Instead of buying silver polish from the drugstore, consider getting it from a jewelry store or a store with a high-quality jewelry department.

2. Rub the jewelry with a little polish. Moisten a soft silver-polishing cloth or the sponge included with the silver polish and take a little bit of polish onto the cloth. Rub the polish into the silver jewelry gently. Use only a straight-line, back-and-forth motion. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing in circles, since this can leave scratches or patterns in the surface of the jewelry. Just let the polish do the job.

3. Rinse and dry the silver jewelry. Rinse it under cool running water. Be sure to clean off all of the polish residue so it won't continue working on the surface of the jewelry. Dry it completely using a soft cloth.

4. Consider using common household products for less rare or less valuable pieces. They will usually work to remove tough tarnish, but may cause damage such as pock marks or scratches. Try them at your own risk.
  • Try toothpaste. Select a plain white toothpaste without the special whitening options. Take a soft, dampened cloth or a damp sponge and put some toothpaste on it. Gently rub over the silver jewelry in straight, back-and-forth motions. Be very gentle, and if you notice scratching at any point, stop and rinse the toothpaste off. As the cloth or sponge becomes dark with tarnish, add more toothpaste to a clean part of the dampened cloth/sponge and continue gently polishing. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry with a soft towel. 
  • Baking soda may remove stubborn tarnish, but don't use it unless you don't mind the risk of damaging the silver. Make a paste of baking soda and warm water, gently rub it into the surface of the jewelry, and rinse when the tarnish is removed.

5. Try a silver dip. Commercial silver "dips" can dissolve stains without rubbing the silver jewelry, although they may take off a layer of silver. For this reason, they should only be used as a last resort. Contrary to what the word "dip" implies, professionals rarely actually soak silver in these products, at least not for long. Dips are generally harsh, potentially dangerous chemicals, so follow the directions carefully and consult a professional when in doubt.

Method 3 of 3: Maintaining Your Jewelry


1. Clean it often. How to maintain your jewelry's beauty and shine? Clean your silver jewelry often, and clean it promptly after use. Silver jewelry that is frequently used rarely has tarnish problems. When tarnish is not yet present, or when it's just beginning to develop, simply wash your silver jewelry in warm (not hot) water with a gentle, phosphate-free detergent.
  • Prompt cleaning is especially important when the silver jewelry has been exposed to certain foods containing sulfur, or those which are acidic or salty. In particular, common foods such as table salt, eggs, some fruits, onions, mayonnaise, and vinegar are harmful to silver.
  • In any case, wash your silver jewelry right away or at least rinse it well with warm water, and don't leave silver sitting in dishwater that may contain traces of these foods.
2. Wash it separately. It's a good idea to wash silver separately from your other silver pieces, like bowls or silverware, because metal sinks and utensils can scratch silver jewelry.
  • You should also avoid using rubber gloves when washing silver, as rubber corrodes silver jewelry. 
  • Stainless steel can also damage the finish if it comes into contact with your silver jewelry, so avoid putting it in the sink; use a bowl to wash it in instead.

3. Dry it with a polishing cloth. Use a special polishing cloth or simply a soft, lint-free cloth to gently rub the silver clean after washing. Make sure it gets completely dry.
  • Silver can be so soft that even using a scratchy, rough towel could be enough to make indentations in its surface. Make sure to use a soft cloth.
  • As you dry the jewelry, gently buff the shine back with a soft cotton cloth. 
4. Store your silver jewelry correctly. Beyond prompt and frequent cleaning, the best way to preserve your silver is to store it correctly. Make sure each piece is completely dry before storing it. You can buy special bags for storing silver jewelry that prevent them from getting tarnished. If you don't have the bags, use this technique:
  • Wrap each piece of silverware in acid-free tissue paper or anti-tarnish paper. You can also wrap pieces in flannel. 
  • Store the silver in a compartment separate from the rest of your jewelry. Never store silver jewelry where it can contact rubber, stainless steel, or paint. 

It’s easy to clean tarnished silver without taking it to a professional. This video shows how to polish your pretty pieces in a snap.

FOLLOW THESE FOUR EASY STEPS:

1. Rinse the silver piece
Rinse the silver in warm water.

2. Dry the silver
Blot your jewelry dry with a soft cloth.

3. Polish
There are a few different products that can be used to remove tarnish. If using a silver-cleaning cloth, rub the piece gently, with a back-and-forth or up-and-down motion (not in circles), moving the piece to a clean portion of the cloth as the tarnish comes off onto it. Continue until no more tarnish rubs off onto the cloth. If using a silver-cleaning fluid, let silver sit in the liquid and swish around for a few seconds. Pat dry with a cloth.

Tip: Silver cleaner won’t harm gold and platinum, but it won't clean them, either.

4. Use silver-cleaning paste for intricate designs
For jewelry with engraving or other intricate designs, work a little silver-cleaning paste or polish into the grooves with a cloth or, very gently, with a wet, soft-bristle toothbrush. To clean the main surfaces of the piece, rub gently with a back-and-forth or up-and-down motion (not in circles), rinse, then blot dry with a clean, soft cloth.

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Most people are guilty of wearing their jewelry in the shower, to the gym, while cleaning the house, gardening or preparing dinner. Overtime, those activities, as well as, the residue from soaps, cleaning solutions, lotions, and dirt not only dim the shine of jewelry, but they can also damage the metal and gemstones.

Here are some hints to help maintain your jewelry's beauty and shine:

Fine jewelry should be checked approximately every 6 months to ensure gemstones are safe and prongs are secure.


Remove jewelry, especially rings, before showering, exercising, cleaning or cooking.
Jewelry should be cleaned on a regular basis.

If you feel uncertain about cleaning your jewelry or you have tried and you still don't feel it's as clean as you would like it to be, you are welcome to bring your items in to either of our locations, and a member of our jewelry staff will be happy to clean and polish your jewelry (charges may apply).

Also, feel free to stop into either of our locations and ask for a complimentary bottle of our jewelry cleaner. iDream's jewelry cleaner is safe for: gold, platinum, silver, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other non-porous gemstones.

*Do not soak the following in jewelry cleaner: pearls, opals, emeralds, onyx, turquoise, or other porous gemstone jewelry or watches in the cleaning solution.

In between visits to iDream Jewelers, here are some helpful hints for cleaning your jewelry at home. Keep in mind, not all jewelry and gemstones are alike and some items may require different cleaning methods. If you are uncertain, feel free to ask us.

Diamonds

Hand lotions, styling products and simply wearing your diamond jewelry everyday can leave a film on the surface of diamonds, causing diamonds to reflect less light and appear dull.

The best way to clean your diamond jewelry and restore its sparkle is to:
  • Spray a soft-bristled toothbrush with Windex and gently brush diamond jewelry thoroughly, removing any dirt on the surface of the diamond or dirt that has settled in and around the metal. Be sure to avoid brushes with hard or stiff bristles, as these can scratch the diamond's setting.
  • Rinse the item(s) in warm water and dry with a lint-free soft cloth.

Pearls

Unlike some other gemstones, pearls are softer and, therefore, more vulnerable to acids, alkaline and extreme humidity levels. Perspiration can also be harmful to pearls and can cause the pearls' luster to dull.

The best way to preserve and store your pearl jewelry is to:
  • Avoid exposing the pearls to cosmetics, hairspray, or perfume.
  • Avoid dipping pearls in water or wearing them while bathing, as water can weaken the silk thread.
  • Wipe your pearls down with a damp (not wet), soft cloth after each wear.
  • Keep pearls separate from diamonds and other hard stones to avoid tangles and scratches. If possible, fasten any clasps or pins, and then lay the item out in a separate compartment of a jewelry box or store the item in a pearl folder or pouch.
  • Avoid leaving pearls in a security box for extended periods of time, as this can cause pearls to dehydrate.

Sterling Silver

What is .925 sterling silver? Sterling silver is a soft, malleable metal and can be easily scratched or damaged. Therefore, when cleaning silver jewelry, use polishes that are specifically formulated to remove tarnish from silver jewelry. Some companies provide polishing cloths, silver storage pouches, or both with the purchase of their jewelry. Also, avoid exposing your silver jewelry to harsh chemicals, bleach and chlorine, as these can damage the silver.

Another great way to clean your sterling silver jewelry is with Windex. Yes…Windex. You can either spray the Windex directly on the item to be cleaned or on a soft-bristled toothbrush or soft cloth. Gently brush the item to clean and then rinse under luke warm water and dry the item with a soft cloth. Use a silver polishing cloth once the item is completely dry to help restore the luster and shine.

To prevent your silver jewelry from tarnishing and scratching store items in a jewelry pouch specifically designed for sterling silver jewelry or a separate compartment of your jewelry box.

Gold

The best way to clean your gold jewelry is by using a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft-bristled toothbrush or soft cloth. Gently, but thoroughly, brush your gold jewelry with the solution. Then, rinse the item(s) under luke warm water and dry with a soft cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives to clean your jewelry, as this can cause scratches and reduce the gold's luster.

When your gold jewelry is not being worn, store items in a soft pouch or separate compartment of your jewelry box.

Platinum

Platinum is a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands because of its natural durability and strength. Platinum does not loose its color, such as with white gold, and the metal does not wear away over time. However, platinum can scratch, loosing its natural shine and developing a patina over time.

Soaking platinum in a mild jewelry cleaner or a mild solution of soap and warm water and gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush is usually the only maintenance platinum requires.

If you miss the shine your platinum ring had when it was new one of jewelers can polish it and restore its original shine.

Tungsten Carbide

One of the best features of tungsten is its strength and its resistance to dulling and scratching. While tungsten rings and jewelry are very strong avoid storing them with diamonds, as diamonds are the only things that can scratch tungsten. Also, despite being fairly maintenance free, tungsten wedding bands and jewelry should be cleaned every couple of months, or so.

Shop our tungsten carbide wedding bands collection.

The best way to clean your tungsten jewelry is by using a solution of warm water, mild soap and a soft cloth. Avoid harsh and abrasive chemicals, such as chlorine and other cleaning products, and do not leave in an ultrasonic machine for longer than a minute, as a negative interaction between the solution and the tungsten may occur.

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2015年12月14日星期一

If you've ever sent jewelry somewhere, you know how tense it can be. However, there are a few simple precautions that can make the experience less stressful.

Package your jewelry securely in an appropriately sized box. When possible, use a box designed to hold the specific type of jewelry you are sending, since this will hold it securely. Otherwise, wrap each piece individually in cloth, not plastic, and fill empty spaces in the box to keep the jewelry from shifting too much.

Use a shipping method that allows tracking, such as UPS or FedEx, so you'll be able to know when it gets to its destination.

Buy insurance, especially for extremely valuable jewelry. It costs a little, but it can make the sting of lost jewelry a little easier to bear.

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Jewelry is vulnerable while it's being worn, but it can also suffer damage if it isn't stored properly. Diamond is the hardest substance on Earth. So how does a diamond get scratched? By another diamond. Diamond jewelry can also scratch softer stones as well as gold and even platinum. For this reason, it’s important to store your jewelry so the pieces don't come in contact with each other.

Wrap individual pieces in tissue or cloth or put them in separate compartments in a jewelry box. Be extra careful with pearl jewelry since it is soft and scratches more easily than gems and metals.

Often jewelry comes in a special box, bag or wrap. Keep these; they are often the best means for storing or packaging the jewelry and will provide protection from damage and dirt.

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iDream does not recommend that you repair your own jewelry unless you have been professionally trained to do so. Take damaged jewelry in for professional repair as soon as possible, especially if small pieces like stones or links of chain have fallen out – the longer you wait, the more likely small pieces will be lost. Your local iDream store offers a range of repair services.

Probably the best thing you can do is preventative repair. Schedule a cleaning for your jewelry every year. During the cleaning, have your jeweler check for signs of wear, such as loose stone mountings or bent clasps, and fix them before they become a serious problem. Also, if you have bracelets or necklaces that don't have safety chains or clasps, you may want to arrange for one of our jewelers to put some on. They're not expensive and they can spare you the heartbreak of losing a cherished piece.

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A regular professional cleaning is a good idea. Not only does it keep your jewelry looking its best, it also ensures that a trained professional takes a look at it at least once a year, allowing for the earliest possible detection of wear or damage. Between professional cleanings, however, there are some things you can do to keep your jewelry clean.

Diamonds

For diamonds, use a soft-bristled non-metallic brush and a mild ammonia and water solution. Gently scrub away any grime, especially around the prongs or setting where buildup is likely. Even a clean looking diamond often has a thin layer of skin oil and will shine better after a cleaning. Avoid touching the diamond as much as possible.

Gemstones

Cleaning gemstones is easy. Simply soak the piece in a bowl of warm, soapy water for several minutes and then use a soft, non-metallic brush to remove any grime. If you use a jewelry cleanser, make sure it is non-abrasive. Don’t use harsh chemical cleaners, and don’t clean the item in the sink too often it ends up down the drainpipe. Also keep in mind that some gemstones may have been treated or enhanced by heating, oiling, irradiation or diffusion. Heated and irradiated stones generally don’t require special care when cleaning, but diffused stones could become lighter if scrubbed too hard. Also, the oil on an emerald can be stripped away by cleaning, making the emerald change appearance. If this happens, simply bring it to your jeweler for re-oiling.

Pearls

Pearls are beautiful. Unfortunately, the layers of nacre of which a pearl is made are very soft by jewelry standards and easily damaged. Since it is an organic compound, pearls also are easily dulled or even eaten away by chemicals and alcohol. Wash cultured pearls in very mild, soapy water and nothing else. It's also a good idea to bring your cultured pearls in for restringing every couple of years, especially if you wear them often.


Metals

For mountings, you can use rubbing alcohol to dissolve some of the stickier grime. However, don’t use alcohol on any kind of pearl jewelry. Soap and water and a soft brush will take care of most of your cleaning needs. Make sure the brush is VERY soft when used on metal, especially gold, which can be scratched relatively easily. Use a soft cloth that won’t leave fuzz or threads behind to dry and buff your jewelry once it's cleaned.

Ultrasonic Cleaners

Ultrasonic cleaners are machines that clean jewelry by bombarding them with sound waves. This vibration shakes off dirt, but the vibrations can also cause serious damage. The inclusions in gemstones, especially brittle stones like emeralds, can be greatly enlarged by the shaking, making the stones less attractive and even less valuable. Soft gems like pearls should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner. Because of the risk, we recommend against using the ultrasonic cleaners now available to consumers unless your jeweler specifically says it won’t cause any damage.

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Caring for your jewelry starts with proper wear. That means knowing when to put your jewelry on – and when to take it off.

Put jewelry on after applying makeup, perfume and hairspray. Also, handle gems and pearls as little as possible, since skin oil can build up over time and dull their appearance.

Remove your jewelry if you're going to do any manual labor, including housework. A bracelet can be easily broken or bent if it catches on a hook. Gems, even diamonds, can chip or crack if they're knocked against a hard surface. Another danger comes from the harsh solvents used in cleaning, which are not good for any kind of jewelry and particularly harmful to pearls.

If you wear earrings, it's usually best to remove them while you're having your hair styled. That way the stylist's comb won't catch them. And, never wear pearl earrings or necklaces while you're having your hair colored. Some of the coloring agents contain alcohol and other chemicals that can mar the luster of the pearls.

If you're right-handed, think about wearing a bracelet or watch on your left wrist since you don't use it as much as your right. The opposite applies if you're left-handed.

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Basic Jewelry Care

At iDream our fine jewelry is crafted to last a lifetime, however with normal wear proper care is required to keep it looking good. As a result we've created this Basic Jewelry Care Guide to direct you in the proper care of your jewelry. We hope that you'll find these guidelines helpful and if you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us via email at idream-jewelry@hotmail.com.

Wearing Jewelry

Jewelry is worn by millions of people every day, but few recognize how they can preserve their treasures by using some simple advanced planning and thought. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when wearing jewelry:

Remove Jewelry During Tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.

Put Jewelry On After Applying Makeup – Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.

Don't Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spas – Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.

Contact Sports and Jewelry Don't Mix – Hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved. All jewelry should be removed before play begins.

These guidelines for wearing jewelry should get you off to a good start, however if you'd like more information you can find it here: Jewelry Care: Wearing Jewelry

Cleaning Jewelry

For those that wear jewelry regularly, keeping their jewelry clean and looking good requires regular effort. Here are some general guidelines that may help:

Remove Your Jewelry Before Bathing - Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.

Use Jewelry Polishing Cloths for Best Results - Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. You can use a svelte or an old diaper, but the professional cloths are the best. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.

Clean Your Jewelry With Care - Cleaning your own jewelry regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning a solution yourself. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders, but bleach can literally destroy jewelry so avoid it at all costs.

Use Warm Water to Clean Jewelry - Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your own jewelry. How water can cause reaction with the cleaning fluids resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.

Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewelry - Never clean any jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.

Inspect Your Jewelry Regularly - Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.

Finally, if you're interested in learning about some more specific jewelry cleaning suggestions, you may find them here: Jewelry Care: Cleaning Jewelry

Repairing Jewelry

From time to time, it may be necessary have a repair performed on your jewelry. At iDream, we offer jewelry repair by a well-trained, professional staff. You can learn more about iDream Repair here: Jewelry Care: Jewelry Repair. However in the event that you're not in a position to visit one of our locations, here are several guidelines you may find helpful:

Prevent Damage to Your Jewelry - Prevention is the best way to prevent the necessity of repair, so a regular inspection is the best way to minimize potentially costly repairs. You can perform a simple inspection every two to three months to ensure that the condition of your jewelry is good and prevent a small problem from becoming a big headache.

Look for Reviews and Referrals - When deciding on a jeweler to perform your jewelry repairs, look for reviews of their work and ask for referrals when appropriate. Furthermore, taking a few moments to ask questions of the jeweler is a wise investment that should pay off with a good jewelry repair experience.

Jewelry Repair Pricing - When jewelry repair pricing is being quoted, it's wise to ensure that these figures are being quoted from a price book rather than off the top of someone's head. When a jeweler takes the time to publish their prices, it's clear that they have extensive experience and have thoroughly researched their investment of time and materials to complete the job correctly.

Observe the Jewelry Take-in Procedures - A clear description of how an item is to be repaired is the key to a successful repair. Closely observe the jewelry take-in procedure when the repair is being explained. The issues with each piece being repaired should be well documented using descriptions and drawings to ensure that the repair will be done correctly the first time.

Inspect Your Jewelry at Pickup - When picking up your jewelry, it's important to thoroughly inspect the work performed. Before accepting the piece of jewelry, first make sure that it is the correct item. Next, make sure that the repair was performed as requested. Lastly, ensure that the entire piece was cleaned and polished. After all, this should be the expectation of every professional jeweler that performs jewelry repair.

Storing Jewelry

Anyone that has a collection of jewelry can appreciate how difficult it can often be to keep it organized. To improve the enjoyment of your jewelry, we've assembled these suggestions that should keep your jewelry organized and orderly:

Keep Your Jewelry Secure - Store your jewelry in a container and prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined jewelry boxes are ideal, this can be as simple as using a shoebox and pieces of fabric.

Prevent Your Jewelry from Tarnishing - Sometimes jewelry tarnishes went it's not worn, especially silver and gold. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry.

Inventory Your Jewelry - Unfortunately, jewelry can get lost or stolen. Taking a regular inventory can be incredibly useful when making an insurance claim or filing a police report. A photograph, a written physical description of each piece and it's cost is ideal. Furthermore, store that information apart from your jewelry in the event it is taken too.

When Travelling with Jewelry, Use a Case - Travelling can be tough on jewelry, so it's wise to use a travel case to protect your favorite pieces. Traditionally made of fabric or leather, a jewelry travel case can carry jewelry of all types and easily rolls up to a size that's easily stored in most suitcases, makeup cases or business attaches. Clearly, a case like this is a good investment to protect your jewelry on the road.

Keeping your jewelry collection organized and under control does not have to be difficult and these recommendations should help. In addition, you find more information here: Jewelry Care: Jewelry Storage


Shipping Jewelry

Shipping jewelry can cause a great deal of concern due to its high-value nature. While there are a variety of carrier-specific guidelines, here are some general rules of thumb that you can use to safely ship jewelry:

1. Use Two Boxes: An Inner Box to Hold the Jewelry and an Outer Shipping Box.

2. Carefully Pack the Inner Box to Prevent the Movement of the Jewelry

3. Pack the Shipping Box with Packing Material to Protect the Inner Box During Shipping
Eliminate All Information on the Shipping Box that Refers to Jewelry or a Jeweler

4. Seal Both Boxes Completely with Tape

5. Insure the Shipment

6. Require a Signature on Delivery

7. Don't use a Drop Box

We hope that you've found these recommendations helpful. You can also find additional information here: Jewelry Care: Jewelry Shipping

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