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  • Caring for your Gold Jewelry

    You may not realize it, but many of your everyday activities can damage your gold jewelry. Buildup from soaps and lotions, acid from citrus fruits and other foods, salt and oils from your sweat, and chemicals in everything from pools to cleaning products can all negatively affect gold’s finish and natural beauty. The best way to prevent this is to remove gold jewelry prior to engaging in activities where it may come in contact with damaging substances. If you have difficulty remembering to take your jewelry off, placing pretty jewelry dishes near sinks and exercise equipment will serve as a helpful visual reminder.

    Polishing your jewelry at the end of the day before storing it will help maintain its original radiance and luster, and will minimize buildup of dirt and grime.When not in use, lay out your jewelry in a lined drawer, dish, or jewelry box, being particularly careful to keep pieces with gemstones separate as they can scratch other gold and silver jewelry. To keep tarnish-inducing moisture at bay, place a piece of chalk or a silica gel packet near your jewelry—this will be especially important in more humid climates or in homes with humidifiers or evaporative coolers. Taking a few minutes to care for your beloved gold jewelry each night will ensure it is ready to wear whether your outfit calls for an artisan ring, a timeless necklace, or both. Read on to discover how to clean your gold jewelry.

    Cleaning Solid Gold Jewelry
    Cleaning precious metals regularly is an important part of preserving their inherent luster as well as their value. For light buildup and tarnish, simply buff your gold jewelry with a soft cloth dipped in water or with a polishing cloth to restore its original shine. Resist the urge to reach for paper towels as they contain fibers that can scratch gold. Lint-free cloths such as those used to clean eyeglasses are one example of an appropriate choice.

    For heavier buildup and tarnish, the cleaning method will vary based on the other elements incorporated into your jewelry. Begin by separating your exclusively gold pieces from your jewelry with gemstones and follow the appropriate instructions below.

    Cleaning Solid Gold Jewelry with No Gems or Stones
    In one bowl, mix an extra mild dish soap with warm water. Fill another bowl with only warm water. Place your all-gold jewelry in the soap mixture, and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. When it’s finished soaking, use a very soft bristle toothbrush to gently remove buildup and tarnish. Take care to clean any recesses and between links. Dip into the bowl containing clean warm water until the jewelry is completely free of soap. Buff and dry with a soft cloth, then lay the jewelry on a towel. Allow to fully dry before putting away.

    Cleaning Solid Gold Jewelry with Gemstones
    Soaking is not recommended for jewelry with gemstones as it can compromise the settings over time and because some stones, such as turquoise and coral, are porous. In lieu of soaking, mix very mild dish soap into warm water, then clean the gold and gemstones using a soft cloth moistened with the solution. To reach deep recesses around bezels, filigree, etchings, or stamps, use a soft-bristled toothbrush dipped in the soapy water. Use a fresh cloth dipped in clean water to remove all traces of soap. As with unembellished gold, allow jewelry with gemstones to dry completely before putting it away.

    Types of Gold-Finished Jewelry and How to Clean Them
    Many beautiful gold pieces are not made of solid gold but have a gold finish, and they must be cleaned with a different technique. There are a few types of multi-metal jewelry with a gold finish: vermeil, gold plated, and gold filled. Vermeil is silver that has a layer of at least 10k pure gold that must meet certain specifications for thickness. Gold plated jewelry can have any metal at its core and the purity and thickness of the gold finish can vary depending on the maker’s preferences. The final option for gold-finished jewelry is gold filled. Gold filled jewelry is a misnomer—it’s not filled with gold at all. Its other common name, rolled gold, is more accurate as this type of jewelry uses a metal like copper or brass as a base that is then covered (rolled) in sheets of gold using a mechanical bonding process. Gold of a minimum of 14k purity is typically used for gold filled jewelry.

    Cleaning your gold-finished jewelry requires a delicate touch and gentle products. Abrasives or a heavy hand could result in damaging or removing the gold portion altogether. Begin by carefully wiping your piece with a soft, dry microfiber cloth, then briefly cleansing with a solution of water and gentle dishwashing detergent. Do not soak the piece in the solution. Allow to air dry, and then very lightly buff any remaining spots with a clean microfiber or gold polishing cloth.

    Enjoy the Glow
    Gold jewelry lends a richness and sunny glow to any ensemble, making it a stunning choice season after season. With proper care, your favorite gold accessories will be as radiant years down the road as they were the day you added them to your collection.

    *Information Courtesy of Sundance Catalog

  • How to Purchase a Diamond Engagement Ring?

    Know what you want to spend. You will be confronted with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to engagement rings. Have a price range in mind. Going in with fairly specific parameters will help your jeweler find the right engagement ring to fit your budget.

    What kind of jewelry does she already wear? Is she more classic or modern? Feminine or sophisticated? Does she wear more silver or gold? Do her pieces tend to be more delicate or chunky? Simple or ornate? Have these preferences in mind when you set out to shop. If you buy something similar to what she already likes, you can’t go wrong.

    Know her ring size. If she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweler can use these measurements to identify her approximate ring size.

    If she doesn’t wear rings, estimate in the following manner: The average ring size in the US is 6 (based on the ‘average’ US female being 5’4″ tall and weighing 140 lbs.) If she’s more slender, or fine boned, her ring size is probably in the 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 range. If she is heavier, larger boned or taller, her ring size is probably in the 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 range. It’s always better to buy a ring a bit bigger than you think she’ll need, because sizing a ring down is much easier than increasing its size.

    Are her preferences hard to pin down? Consider buying an unset diamond. If you choose the diamond first and have the setting made later, you can include her in selecting the style and final details of the ring (always a good idea) and avoid the awkwardness of choosing a ring that’s more to your taste than hers.

    Diamond is the birthstone for April, a fitting gem to symbolize the start of something new just like springtime. The word diamond is derived from the Greek word “adamas” meaning “invincible”. Most diamonds come from South Africa. It is said diamonds are good for coughs and mucus problems. Diamonds are the symbol of innocence and constancy. To clean diamonds, wash in warm soapy water and dry gently with a soft cloth.

    Know what diamond shape suits her. If she hasn’t made it easy for you by already voicing an opinion on the subject (or admiring someone else’s engagement ring), here are a few things to keep in mind when considering shape:

    – She will be wearing this ring 24/7 every day of your married life. It will need to go with everything from jeans to evening wear. If you’re uncertain about her shape preference, it’s sensible to stick to the classics. They became classics because they appeal to most people most of the time.

    – Cutting styles with fewer facets, such as emerald cut or rose cut, require higher clarity. 

    – Certain shapes pair more successfully with other gems in multi-stone rings. Round, Oval and Marquise all work well. Pear and Heart shape are more challenging.

    – If she prefers clean, modern lines in furniture, for example, it’s likely she’ll react well to the same aesthetic in Rectangular or Square shapes, like the Emerald Cut or Princess Cut. If she tends towards the traditional, a round shape rarely misses. More bohemian types tend to favor more unusual shapes, like Trilliant or Marquise.

    What Setting Makes Sense?

    While there are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices, there are four basic types you are likely to encounter:

    Solitaire – A single stone. Still the most popular choice in engagement rings. The head secures the diamond. Prongs allow the diamond to catch the most light. A four-prong-setting shows more of the diamond, but a six-prong setting is often more secure.

     

    Sidestone – Diamonds or other gemstones, flank the main stone for additional sparkle or color. Popular sidestone settings include ‘channel’, which protects stones by keeping them flush, and ‘bar-channel’, which allows more light to enter the sidestones.

     

    Three Stone – One diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future. Typically, the center diamond is larger than the two side stones.

     

    Pavee (pah-vey) – The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size.

    As to actual setting design, consider her lifestyle, and how well a certain setting will fit into it. If she’s more active or outdoorsy, look for lower profile, less ornate, more sturdy choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things. If she’s more of a glamour girl, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile and more intricate ring detailing or unique motif.

  • Farm Life

    Goats, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, Birds, Horses, Dogs, Tractors..etc.. I love them ALL!

    It’s so magical and inspirational to have a studio (about half the year) surrounded by neighboring farmland in Hawaii!

    During my breaks and evenings, you can find me taking a troll to admire my neighbors or playing with one of these critters– They are just so darn CUTE!!

    What a great way to take the stress out of any crazy day! But it’s not all fun and games folks…I find inspiration in their coloring, shapes, behavior…

    We should all take time to slow down and get back in touch with nature…a fresh mind = a clean perspective.

     BabyGoat

  • The Colors of Life…

    There is always time to take in a sunrise or sunset.

    It’s amazing how they can rejuvenate the soul.

    Each unique and special– Never the same and will always amaze.

    They are my muse..inspiring me with their CRAZY color combinations…or Subtle color combinations…teaching me how to capture a mood.

    BISunset

    Make the time…for you…enjoy Mother Nature’s gift– It’s Free 🙂

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  • Welcome!

    Welcome to my blog!

    I’ll try to let you know what inspires me…How to style your jewelry…The energy put forth in a gem…Life’s Lessons…Anything the moves an artist!

    …and so here it goes…

    Tourmaline – I LOVE this gorgeous GEM! It comes in almost all the colors- Yellow, Green, Pink, Red, Blue, Black…Watermelon, my favorite!

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    Black Tourmaline is very special in that it serves dual purposes and is able to both heal and cleanse. Black Tourmaline is a powerful and potent tool for eradicating depression and feelings of negativity, whilst also dispelling further negative energy and feelings of fear. In addition to this, Black Tourmaline increases luck, particularly when the stone is rubbed.

    Brown Tourmaline is said to help in self-healing, and to aid in finding emotional strength and self-acceptance. It inspires courage and persistence, while calming and soothing, helping to ground and stabilize the inner self.

    Yellow Tourmaline is believed to activate the solar plexus chakra which can in turn enhance personal power and intellectual pursuits. In addition to this, Yellow Tourmaline is said to bring heightened intelligence, creativity, initiative, and spiritual awareness.

    Green Tourmaline is believed to be particularly useful with energizing and rejuvenating the wearer, which can stimulate creativity and bring success and prosperity.

    Pink Tourmaline is believed to represent harmony, joy of life, and lust. It vibrates the heart chakra allowing the wearer to open themselves to many levels of love. It is also believed to inspire spirituality and creativity well enhancing the one’s willpower. Pink Tourmaline is suitable for females as it encourages female balance and security.

    Shop our Jewels for Everyday for some Tourmaline Jewelry.