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Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

The simplest way to clean jewelry in today’s date is to make use of an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Ultrasound technology has come with the most sophisticated, accurate and least harmful method of micro cleaning a whole range of items. An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner can be defined as a device that is run electronically and designed to take away dirt and grime from rings, necklaces, earrings and other pieces of jewelry. These devices can be easily found on homes shopping channels or on the internet. You can also go out shopping next time and one if these. The device is really easy to use and it can serve the purpose within five minutes to seven minutes without much manual effort like scrubbing or polishing or even the use of harsh chemicals.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner: Parts and Function

The basic ultrasonic jewelry cleaner unit makes use of water and gentle ultrasonic waves to remove dirt and dust from delicate items like rings, eyeglasses, bracelets, necklaces and the like which are risky to clean with any other hands. The cleaners that are available in the market lately are really easy to use. One just needs to place the jewelry in the cleaning chamber of the ultrasonic cleaner which has to be then filled with water, then the cover ahs to be closed, and then it has to be turned on. Within the time of three to five minutes, the jewelry you put in comes out as sparkling and new.

The device has two parts which help it to function the way it does. They are:

  • A small motor
  • A cleaning tank

Some of the Ultrasonic Jewelry cleaners also have a basket or a cleaning tray that is detachable from the main device. There is not much that is required for an Ultrasonic device; it can be plugged into the simple and standard plug points. It does not require a lot of electricity as well which we are all a little apprehensive about when we buy any electronic equipment.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner: How to use it?

The process of using of the Ultrasonic Cleaner is fairly simple. If you are using it for the first time, do care to read the manual once, which will enlighten you on the basics of the operation system of the device.

  • Once you want to start the process of cleaning, fill some warm water in the cleaning tank or a cleaning solution, if you have qualms about using water. The cleaning solution can be of any constitution; it can contain non-ionic surfactants, detergents or even ammonia except for bleach and acids as cleaning agents.
  • Now switch on the so that the cleaning solution can warm up a bit. After around five to ten minutes put the jewelry you intend to clean in the cleaning tray.
  • After some time (as the specific timeframe stated in the manual) you can switch the device off, open the lid and douse the jewelry in the mixture twice or thrice and again put it as it was and switch the device on to complete the cycle of cleaning.
  • Once done take the jewelry out of the cleaner, and clean it under running water, if required otherwise just dry them with a clean cloth and lo! Your jewelry is new again.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner: Technology

When the device is switched on, the motor of the device produces ultrasonic energy, which is transmitted with vibrating waves. It is estimated that on an average, an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner emits a minimum of forty thousand sound waves every second. There is a process called Cavitation in which microbubbles are created as a result of the vibrating motion of the ultrasonic waves. There are so many bubble created that each of then actually knocks against each other and to the items kept in the cleaning tray, thereby reaching to even the little crevices of the pieces of jewelry. So this is the process by which an Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner cleans your jewelry so effectively. This process does not harm your jewelry at all and it is very safe for jewelry as expensive as platinum but it should not be used for opals, pearls, emeralds and other soft stones.

Antique Jewelry

download-15The title of Paul Scott’s novel, The Jewel in the Crown, set in the period of the British rule in India, was derived from an allegorical painting depicting Queen Victoria, sitting regally on the throne of India, and receiving the Kohinoor, which was considered the largest diamond in the world once, as homage, representing India itself. The diamond was later set into Queen Elizabeth’s crown, and is still part of the British crown jewel, which is worn on formal occasions.

Jewelry has been a favorite form of adornment since time immemorial. There is evidence, for instance, of the skill the Greeks and Etruscans displayed in the precious metals they worked on. In fact, most of the modern jewelry that is created today still copy the designs of such antique works. The Romans also displayed a great fondness for it and wore it freely, as did the Victorians.

The pieces of vintage jewelry that are available these days are timeless classics that never go out of fashion. With their delicate grace and ethereal charm, they remind us of a bygone era. Jewelry is considered antique if it has been made in the 1900s or before. Imbued with unique character, displaying exquisite craftsmanship, and often surrounded by a whimsical aura, antique jewelry stands out from its modern counterparts, irrespective of how expensive or beautiful they may be. In fact, it is prized mostly for the classic understated elegance that is inherent in their styling and design.

For instance, the turn of the century – from 1890 to 1910 -, was an era of great innovation and change. After about 65 years of the reign of Queen Victoria, even the Victorians, who loved tradition, were ready for new things, and in the realm of jewelry, this pursuit for novelty gave rise to two extremely beautiful and very different schools of design – Art Nouveau and Edwardian.

Art Nouveau, for example, explored the world of fantasy and nature. The top jewelers of that time – Karl Faberge, Georges Fouquet, Rene Lalique, and Louis Comfort Tiffany – designed exceptionally beautiful and original pieces inspired by mythological and natural themes. The common motifs were mythical beasts, dragonflies, exotic flowers, and enchanted damsels set amongst sinuously winding, vine-like creepers.

These jewelers also tried out new materials, like gems. Horn, tortoise shell, demantoid garnets, moonstones, baroque pearls, and marvelous enameling, were included in the palette of the Art Nouveau jewelers. The intrinsic value of the materials did not matter, rather the emphasis was on the beauty and the originality of the jewelry they created.

While the avant-garde favored the style of Art Nouveau, Edwardian pieces were a reflection of the elegant and refined tastes of the moneyed American industrialists and English aristocracy. Edwardian style is characterized by cool elegance and airy lightness.

Their favorite metal was platinum, which they crafted into lacy delicate creations, set with brilliantly cut, sparkling diamonds. Some of these pieces also have colored gemstones, like black opals from Australia, pastel blue sapphires from Montana, as well as natural pearls. In the best of Edwardian pieces, these beautiful gemstones seem to float in a lacy firmament of platinum.

From Edwardian brooches with flowing leaves and tendrils of platinum set with diamonds, elegant Victorian gold bracelets, intricately crafted sword handles, enamel encrusted belt buckles and pendants, to engraved art deco lockets, designed with concentric rings of white and blue enamel… this cannot be bought off the counter from just any jewelry shop or departmental store. It is usually available at exclusive boutiques, antique dealer’s stores, big auction houses, and niche show rooms, which, in fact are the reliable sources to buy antique pieces.

Although this jewelry is also available in other shops and on websites, it is best to exercise caution when buying from these sources, because the originality of the pieces may be suspect. Besides, you could end up paying an exorbitant price for a piece of that may not be worth that much. Unless you are knowledgeable and have a trained eye, it can be difficult to sort out the authentic from the fake.

Usually, antique jewelry is also passed down from one generation to the next, and belongs to family heirlooms. Many pieces are collector’s items and hence are quite expensive.

Wearing a simple piece has the ability of lending a sophisticated appeal to your whole persona. One of the best aspects of antique pieces is the appreciation of their value over time, hence they can actually turn out to be good investments. However, the main reason to own a piece of this jewelry, is the intrinsic joy that they are imbued with.

The word ‘jewel’, means joy. Jewelry has no practical reason for its creation, except for the beauty and joy that it brings into our lives. Precious metals and gemstones are not jewelry until the skillful hands of the jeweler puts life into them.

Anklets for Women

Women all over the world are crazy for jewelry; not only do they love it, but they also want to have a huge collection of all types of it, right from nose pins to toe rings. All pieces of jewelry have a unique decorum and purpose. Necklaces, finger rings, and nose pins are among those ornamental pieces that get noticed and complemented easily.

But there is an amazing ornament that may not be easy to notice, but when it does, it completely arrests the attention of the viewer. This piece of jewelry is worn around the ankles, and is known as an anklet. They highlight a woman’s legs and increase their beauty. The women who wear or have worn anklets at some point in their life simply describe anklets as things that define femininity.

Some Interesting Facts

★ As has been mentioned above, anklets are chain-like or bracelet-like ornaments that are worn around the ankle. They are also known by a variety of other names such as paayal, jhanjhar, pazeb, etc.

★ The trend of wearing anklets finds its origin in Egypt, Arabian countries, and India. They can be made of gold, silver, and even with some less-expensive metals such as bronze, and materials like leather, nylon, plastic, etc.

★ In India, anklets are very important for women and are generally worn by them during marriages. Indian women wear anklets on both legs. However, in other parts of the world, majority of women prefer to wear an anklet on one leg only.

★ In the northern parts of India, you will find silver anklets for women to be very popular. As you go down and reach the southern regions, you will get to see ones made from gold as more popular.

★ Anklets can be flexible as well as inflexible. The former type are made by linking small units in order to form a chain. It may or may not be attached with a sonorous bell. The purpose of the sonorous bell is to make a pleasant sound while the wearer walks. The latter type, or inflexible anklets are formed by giving shape to a flat metal sheet.

Making Them at Home

Wearing anklets and highlighting the legs is a rage among women. There are many young and old women who have never worn anklets in their lives but are now looking forward to give it a shot. If you are such a person, then you might be doubtful about how your legs look with the anklets. If you wish to see how your leg will look like when you put an anklet on it, here is a cheap yet effective way out. Make one at home and put it on to see yourself and judge whether it suits you or not.

★ Collect some decorative beads. You may get those from an old necklace or bracelet.

★ Take a measuring tape and measure the circumference of your ankle. Increase the distance by about 3 centimeters.

★ Take a nylon thread and cut it out at a length equal to what you derived in the previous step. Insert one end into the hole of a needle. Join both the ends and form a knot.

★ Insert the beads through the needle to form a chain. Take out the needle. Put the chain around your ankle and tie a knot at the point where the two ends meet.

★ The knot will hold the chain in place. This chain solves the purpose of an anklet.

So? Are you convinced with how it looks? Now all you need to do is start stocking up on these pretty pieces of jewelry and start stunning those who look at you! Happy dazzling!

Creative Jewelry Display Ideas

Is your jewelry placed in a practical, but boring jewelry box? Or is it that you don’t wear them, just ’cause it’ll take all the time in this world to find the one that goes on your attire? We know that the jewelry display stands available in stores, or online are a great deal to buy. With these clever jewelry storage ideas, you can let your rocks sparkle like true decorative objects!

With our tips, the simple wooden boxes would get transformed into real treasure chests, and small hooks and branches would become sparkling displays. Even a mere umbrella could do the trick for you!

Bangles and Bracelets
Have you hung your bangles on a belt hanger in your wardrobe, but they were a bit hard to get to? Or is it that your bangles are jumbled together in a drawer? You wanted to organize them, but couldn’t think of how. We have creative suggestions for you.

Are you not wearing your jewelry because it’s not displayed? The idle bottles will solve that problem! A simple bottle can make bracelets and watches so attractive to see, yet organized!

Your bangles have a decorative task and not just on your wrist. Because the beautiful and colorful pieces can decorate vases too.

Earrings, Rings, and Broaches

Some DIY jewelry storage ideas can be so simple, yet elegant. All you have to do is take a pillow or cushion, and pin your earrings and broaches on it. Or if you have a lovely pair of stilettos that you don’t wear often, it can be used as a display.

It doesn’t rain all the year, does it? What do you do with the idle or worn-off umbrellas? Yes, it’s our next “making the best from waste” idea.

Necklaces

A tailor’s bust can transform your room into a designer’s studio.

Any antiques that you have at your home, like those wooden tree branches, can be transformed into a jewelry tree.

Practically any household object can be turned into a work of jewelry art, like a hanger or cheese grater. If you have a wooden hanger, small silver hooks (found at hardware stores) can be attached to hang necklaces from. If you have an unused cake stand or ceramic bowls at home, you can place your necklaces in it.

You also get those decorative jewelry boxes now. But in case you’re interested in making your own, just get any wooden box that has sufficient drawers or shelves to fit your jewelry, and decorate them with glitter laces or sparklers.

Other Display Options

Want all the accessories in one place? You can simply place your gems in the shelves, or it can be racks too as shown in the image below.

If you have an additional closet, just tuck in your accouterments.
Ideas for a Jewelry Store

The Classic Version!

Jewelry stores can make the use of neck busts and mannequins beautifully, for presenting jewelry. Silk scarfs, artificial flowers, etc., can be added to enhance the view.

The Customized Version!

Stores can also dedicate separate sections for each jewel, like using different hand mannequins for displaying bracelets, and those for displaying rings.

Well, if you ask us, we would go for an all-rounder like this:

Storing your accessories doesn’t have to be only functional, it can be fashionable too! We hope that you liked these innovative ways to pomp your jewelry.