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Commercial silver polish can be used to remove the tarnish and keep your Silver jewelry looking as bright as the day you bought it.
To help maintain your jewelry looking like new:
- Wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth after removing them. The best way to store your jewelry when you are not wearing it, is to place it in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep anti-tarnish strips in your jewelry box. These can be used for anywhere between 3 to 6 months before they need to be replaced and ensure that your jewelry is ready to wear at any time.
- The luster of pearls can be restored and maintained simply by washing them once in a while in lukewarm soapy water. Pearls are more fragile than most other semi-precious stones and should be given special care. Make sure that your hairspray and perfumes are completely dry before putting on your pearls.
- Harsh jewelry cleaners may damage semi-precious stones as well as crystals and freshwater pearls and is not recommended.
- Chlorine and direct sunlight can severely damage sterling silver and semi-precious stones so please avoid prolonged exposure to both and be sure to store your jewelry out of direct sunlight.
- Swarovski crystal is best maintained with mild soap and water in combination with a soft, non-abrasive polishing cloth.
- "Sunshine Cloths" are great for cleaning jewelry.
Wire-Wrapped Jewelry History
Prolific jewelry making began with the ancestors of Homo Sapiens, the Cro-Magnons over 40,000 years ago when they began to migrate from the Middle East to Europe. Cro-Magnons eventually replaced the Neanderthals as the dominant species. Jewelry from that period includes crudely fashioned necklaces and bracelets made of bone, teeth, mother-of-pearl, shells and stone strung together with a piece of twine or animal sinew. The earliest signs of metallurgy, using copper to make jewelry, was seen around 7,000 years ago.
The art of wire-wrapping has been around since the time of the Phoenician Empire, about 1000 years B.C. where Gold or Silver was hammered into thin sheets, cut into narrow strips and the edges filed smooth, making the wire. The wire was then woven into a design and set on onto a breast plate.
In ancient Greece, beads shaped as natural forms like shells, flowers and beetles were manufactured on a large scale. Beautiful and delicate necklaces and earrings were found in burial sites in Northern Greece. By 300 BC the Greeks were making multi coloured jewellery and used emeralds, garnets, amethysts and pearls. Eight centuries BC the Italian Etruscans in the Tuscany region produced granulated textured gold work. They made large clasps, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They also made pendants that were hollow and could be filled with perfume.
In the 1800's the Bohemian culture made wonderful necklaces and bracelets using wire to connect beads and stones. These jewelry items were popular with European aristocracy for over 50 years.
Today, wire wrapping has become popular because of the uniqueness and the individuality of each piece - no two are ever exactly alike!
One of the main secret ingredients to the longevity of the jewelry market is that jewelry, unlike many other things on the market, is not a fickle new consumer product and likewise not a passing fad. Styles over centuries change; this much we know is true. But one coveted centerpiece for the wrist and neckline of virtually every temptress from Helen of Troy and Cleopatra to today's most popular fashion queens is the precious gem, one of natures finest own creations that have been even further perfected by the modern technologies of man. While clothing styles and fashion have changed with time, jewelry is the one and only ornamental element that has survived throughout the centuries.
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