Archive for June, 2010

How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry at Home

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Jewelry of any kind needs to be well taken care of at all times. You can easily clean your sterling silver jewelry at home. The first thing you need to do is to collect all your cleaning materials. Some of the domestic products that you can use to clean your jewelry include baking soda, mild phosphate, mild toothpaste or commercial silver cleaners.

You also need to choose the right type of cleaning brush that you are going to use. The best brushes for cleaning your sterling silver jewelry are those that have soft bristles. You can also use a sunshine cloth. Always clean your sterling silver jewelry in an up and down motion and not a circular one.

The most important thing when cleaning sterling silver at home is not to use abrasives and strong washing detergents as they might destroy the jewelry. Always use some gentle cleaners and warm water to clean your sterling silver jewelry.

Palladium Jewelry – Is it better than Gold or Platinum?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

When buying jewelry, one of the things that you are likely to think about is the type of material used to make it. Gold, platinum and Palladium are some of the most popular materials for making jewelry. Gold has always been a favorite material for making jewelry; however, other materials such as palladium are quickly taking over as the preferred materials for making jewelry. It is hard to compare the two, but there are some characteristics of palladium that make it better than gold and vice versa.

Gold is a soft kind of metal which has to be mixed with other metallic elements so that it can make good jewelry. However, palladium is a hard metal which can be used to make jewelry without any additions to it. Palladium and gold are both very unique and very expensive jewelry. Whether one is better than the other will depend entirely on an individual’s personal tastes and preferences.

Tungsten Jewelry Vs Gold Jewelry

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Jewelry comes in many different forms. Some of the most common types of jewelry are made from Gold and tungsten. Tungsten can come in handy for people who are allergic to gold. However, both of these types of jewelry are popular all over the world. Perhaps the difference between the two types of jewelry comes about as a result of differences in personal tastes. For instance, women are known to favor gold ornaments while men prefer tungsten jewelry. The older generation also prefers gold to other types of jewelry while the younger generation prefers tungsten.

Tungsten and gold jewelry are also different in their prices. For a long time, gold items have been at the top of the list when it comes to being expensive. Tungsten jewelry on the other hand is relatively affordable. The hardy tungsten jewelry also lasts longer than gold which is quite soft and tarnishes easily.