What the BEST Golden Globes Jewelry Says About Today’s Trends

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This year’s Golden Globes had us anticipating some knockout jewels, but as with most situations, I tried to set the bar low so I wouldn’t be disappointed. And I wasn’t. I was pleasantly happy with what I saw on the red carpet. Diamonds glistened one right after the other, and although it seemed like California had their own “white out” going on, it was the few pops of color that we did see that totally stood out. But hey, who can complain about diamonds?! From Sienna Miller’s unexpected pearls, to the numerous bold diamond necklaces, and the cherry on top for me was Michelle Williams’ black velvet bow around her neck. I loved all these looks I just mentioned and thought they suited each celebrity perfectly. I couldn’t imagine any other person rocking those pearls the way Sienna Miller did (well I could, but they would have ended up on my worst jewelry list) and that is what makes these jewelry trends able to translate into the real world.

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September ABS – Expression of impressions

As a design student in the early 2000’s the art movement that I was most drawn to was impressionism. Everything about the movement – from how it came into existence, it journey including Neo and post impressionism, the artists, their style, and the range of subjects fascinated.

As a design student in the early 2000’s the art movement that I was most drawn to was impressionism. Everything about the movement – from how it came into existence, it journey including Neo and post impressionism, the artists, their style, and the range of subjects fascinated. The more art and design history I studied, the more I started relating to the overall Positivist philosophy of art which is the rejection of Romantic subjectivism in favor of the objective description of the ordinary world. Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Expressionism, Fauvism are all the art movements of the positivist age and are linked not just by the time period or brushstroke technique but also by the treatment of a subject that implied a certain degree of distortion. While Impressionism is more fluid and spontaneous, expressionism is more intense and emotional. Artists like Van Gogh were able to successfully bridge both.

Pebeo paint jewelry


September’s Art bead Scene challenge is to create an art bead/components or Jewelry with art beads inspired by Paula Modersohn-Becker’s “Old Woman from the Poorhouse in the Garden with Glass Ball and Poppies” which is an expressionist style of painting. While I found the colors in the painting calling to me, I somehow could not comprehend the imagery. I found it closer to Paul Gauguin’s primitivist impressionism works maybe due to the presence of brown skin tone and rust colored clothing.

You might wonder how difficult can it be to decode a picture of a woman holding flowers, but I didn’t find it compelling. So I took a leaf out of Edvard Munch’s Scream and Anxiety – the classic textbook reference in Expressionism, I decided to make pendants with streaks of colors and visual texture that is visible in Paula’s painting. Again I wasn’t very convinced by the color palette that was provided, so I proceeded to make my own from the painting. In usual design school style (where only a maximum of five colors are allowed in the color board) I picked an unconventional palette of reddish rust, muted blue, pale green, deep mustard and one neutral black.

Pebeo paint jewelry canvas

 

Expression of impressions
Beyond the given painting, my inspiration comes from me visit to the Modern art gallery – particularly the Impressionist wing at the Metropolitan museum of art. So I call my work as my Expression of impressions on my mind there.
The first pendant is based on an idea I have been wanting to try for a very long time Mini canvas like pendants. For this piece I used artists’ canvas as the base and played around with Pebeo Prisma colors that I got at Michaels. In my metal image of the inspiration picture I saw bluish purple ( I guess that was my impressionist brain mixing colors by itself) so the pendant has a large dose of bluish purple in it due to which it looks cooler than the painting. I am still exploring bail and necklace options for it (nothing seems to work) so I am open to suggestions.
 
enamelled metal pendant

I was not sure if just a colored canvas pendant would be considered a valid entry for the challenge, so I made another. I used an embossed copper circle, that was flame painted and partially enamelled with Vitreous crackle enamel (made by me at beadfest). I added pebeo paints and Ice resin jewel tints to get paints streaks and texture on it. This just has a hole on the top as I am figuring out bead options to make it into a necklace.

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Jewels at my Doorstep: JewelStreet.com

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Taking the jewels of JewelStreet to the streets of Nashville! The online luxury jewelry marketplace prides itself as being the UK’s #1 website for designer fine jewelry, with an emphasis on seeking out brands that are doing amazing things with design. Browsing the pages of JewelStreet makes you feel as though you’re traveling the world through the lens of jewelry. Their virtual boutique is set up to feature jewelry designers by country, and this breakdown allows you to see everything from a global perspective. You can delve into Italy and see the rich gold designs from this country featured on JewelStreet, Brazil is fascinating and leading the way with unique design with several artisans featured, France has some great designers…the list goes on and on! Being from the United States, I felt some American pride seeing who is represented on this worldwide jewelry outlet–many names I recognized and familiar faces.

For this Jewels at my Doorstep shoot, I thought it would be neat to feature a few different countries. I chose these really neat pearl geode rings from Little H Jewelry based in the US, a bold out-of-this-world solar system inspired ring by Anakao out of London, UK, and last but not least some long black spinel earrings by MyriamSOS from Cyprus (which I honestly had to look on a map to figure out where exactly that country is located, FYI it’s an island south of Turkey). It is beautiful how jewelry from all over the globe can come together and complement one another, be a staple in someone’s jewelry box, and make memories for a lifetime.

Connecting people to jewelry from all over the globe is what makes JewelStreet so special. Imagine logging into the website from your laptop in a small town, in middle America. JewelStreet connects you with jewelry designers from places in all parts of this large globe we call home, that you may have never known about. So now a pendant from a jeweler in Greece is on its way to your jewelry box thanks to JewelStreet, and it will forever be a part of your story. I love that.

Make sure you check out JewelStreet and immerse yourself in their global world.

And here is the info on the jewels I’m wearing:

The Hallgrimur Earrings by MyriamSOS, 9k rose gold set with black spinel, Price: $990

Devoted Ring in yellow gold by Anakao, 18k yellow gold & diamonds, Price: $2,320

Three pearl ring–Tahitian, keshi, Golden South Sea pearl in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $1,600

Three pearl ring–Fiji pearl, Akoya, Golden South Sea pearl in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $2,500

Single point collection ring with Tahitian Keshi pearl and rubies in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $1,100

Finestrino collection, black diamonds and Tahitian Keshi pearl in 14k black rhodium, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $2,200

 

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Exclusive Animal Fetish Rings by Gem Gossip

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Hello Gem Gossip readers! Today is a very special day…wanna know why?! It’s my birthday! As with most years, I always treat myself to an amazing piece of jewelry for my birthday. This year is a little different–I’m giving you the opportunity to buy a cool piece of jewelry! I’ve decided to launch this exclusive animal fetish bead ring collection on this day instead. The middle photo depicts a ring from my personal collection that I’ve had for awhile now. It is a mother of pearl bird bead ring that I created using 14k solid gold wire and the bead. Whenever I wear it, I get lots of comments asking about it, etc. I’ve been wanting to make these for awhile now, but it finally came together.

The first batch I am offering is a group of 15 unique beads, all genuine carved stones. There are birds, foxes, and bears in the mix. Each is numbered and offered as a first come, first serve basis. The band is made of 14k yellow gold wire, not gold-filled. And 10% of sales will go toward my local animal shelter.

 

 

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Gem Gossip Visits Alana Jewelry in Seattle, WA

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Elongated Etruscan revival ring, onyx ring on ring finger, banded agate shield ring, Victorian bangles

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Fabulous Art Deco diamond & emerald bracelet, 1950s emerald & diamond ring, 1950s emerald & diamond pendant

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Topaz & Black Opal bracelet, carved opal cameo ring, oval opal in filigree setting, rectangular opal in filigree setting, garnet doublet surrounded by opal cluster ring

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This bracelet is CRAZY! Genuine Topaz & Zircon set in 14k white gold, Retro abstract citrine ring, turquoise & diamond navette, citrine filigree ring, large oval turquoise ring

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Garnet & blue enamel ring, sapphire & diamond cluster ring

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From left to right: garnet dragon ring, pearl & emerald ring, diamond oval ring, Victorian Etruscan revival onyx ring, round Moonstone cluster ring, East-West diamond Edwardian ring, moonstone cluster ring, enamel woman conversion ring

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Boy, were bucket list items being checked off rapidly on this #JewelryRoadTrip to Seattle! Alana Jewelry has been high on my list of places I wanted to see for SO long now. It was about a 30 minute drive from Hotel Vintage in Downtown Seattle, and it was nice to get out of the city and explore more. Alana Jewelry is located in the Northgate Mall and has been there since day one! The store is easy to get to if you park near JC Penney or near the food court. Who would have ever thought that some of the best antique jewelry in the country is located in a place where you can buy some Auntie Anne’s pretzels, find your inner goth at Hot Topic and call it a day?! I was actually feeling quite emo after all the jewelry that Alana has to offer–it is mind-blowing in the best way possible! They love being located inside a mall for many reasons, for one the foot traffic alone is seriously good. Countless sales have been made from people who didn’t intend on going to a jewelry store to buy jewelry, but they happened to be at a mall to buy something else on their list, and the jewelry found them!

The first thing I noticed and what stood out to me were their displays! They are unlike anything I’ve seen–everything has a place, everything tells a story. There’s old black & white photographs mixed in with a few other trinkets here and there, but for the most part–every display matches, using a clean beige color display. A few black velvet ones can be spotted for certain sections, but for the most part, everything has a consistent flow. Most importantly, height is used to an advantage, where you have almost a “stadium-seating” effect with the jewelry displays, so everything can be packed in tighter. This means eye candy galore! And it’s ok if you stand in front of a small section and zone out. I know I sure did.

It was such an honor to meet the founder and owner Alana herself and hear her story in her own words rather than via email. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you may remember I did a blog post featuring the store back in January of 2015. You can read the blog post here. It tells the story of Alana Antique & Estate Jewelry, how it came to be and the story is so inspiring, all written by Alana herself. You totally should read the post before you go on–it will take about 4 minutes! 😉 I also got to meet Heather, Alana’s daughter, as well as a few sales associates of the store.

I tried on so many pieces! It was really hard to choose just a select few, but I thought of it as, “if I were to be able to buy whatever I wanted right now, what would I choose?!” Of course, I chose a lot of rings, pieces that were really unique and also had to hone in on the best opals I could find. I learned that Alana Jewelry doesn’t have to look far for the jewelry they sell, it comes to them! They are constantly buying in store and have special buying hours for those interested in selling. Alana Jewelry has continually been ranked highest sales per square foot in the mall, a title Alana is really proud of, as if you could remember from her original story she was breaking out in hives the first day she opened their doors to the public. Now over 20 years later, she has so much joy from the store she can’t even begin to describe it.

This store visit has brought ME so much joy, thanks everyone at Alana Jewelry for showing me your wonderful store. I can’t wait to tell everyone about it and hopefully the next time someone visits Seattle, they make the trip out of downtown and to the Northgate Mall to see you!

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Northgate Mall 401 NE Northgate Way #520

Seattle, WA 98125

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Ideals of beauty

What is beauty? Who is beautiful?These are questions I ask fashion communication students after they complete my semester and a half long course on Costume Appreciation, where we discuss the aesthetics, beautification processes, and attire worn by people around the globe.

What is beauty? Who is beautiful?
These are questions I ask fashion communication students after they complete my semester and a half long course on Costume Appreciation, where we discuss the aesthetics, beautification processes, and attire worn by people around the globe. For me, it is the single most thought provoking discussion that a fashion school can and must have and after a lot of thought, I am sharing my views on this topic here.

History teaches us that there is no one yardstick for measuring beauty and how Various ideals of beauty have evolved over time. In some cultures, spotless white or black skin is the ideal of beauty while in some other tattooed or painted skin is considered beautiful. Some prefer no accessories while other elongate necks and earlobes with jewelry. Some think anklets indicate slavery while other think they celebrate free-spirited nature. With the passing of time, different cultures have borrowed from each other, amalgamating their ideals with those that contradict them, leading to rich cultural practices.

Photo: Kritarth Ghosh, Model: Adhithi Priya, Headgear: Divya N, Concept: Birth of Colors
When the (Victorian) British came to India, they were shocked to see even women from respectable families without blouses or wearing skirts that reached the knee. It went against their tenets of modesty, respect, and cultural values. However, here, in the hot, humid subcontinent skin show was not just accepted but also appreciated for what it is worth. Slowly, along with their mindset, their clothing process also changed and the west started accepting show of skin (on certain parts of the body) as a sign of beauty. At the same time, Indians, who coveted the high neck, ruffled collared blouses and tweed jackets of the English felt that covering the body made them more beautiful and hence covering the body became the Indian culture while baring skin became western culture.
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In the past European women, applied lead powder on their faces as paleness was considered the epitome of beauty and in the process suffered painful cancers. Hindu, Tamil Brahmin women used to apply turmeric on their face and hands as yellow was considered as the auspicious (mangalagaram) mark of a married woman (Sumangali). Marie Antoinette’s powdered hair is legendary along with the staggeringly high fruit and feather coiffures of the18th century noblewomen which would be inhabited by mice and vermin. Until the mid 90’s only curvy women were considered sexy in Indian movies with 2000’s giving way to anorexic models.

Who is to say what is right? In this age of extensive and often extreme grooming does the concept of Saamudrika Lakshanam hold good?

One of the main functions of fashion is gender identification and differentiation but how can we define how a man or woman should look without considering the context of the civilization, the geographics, demographics and the evolutions of the culture?

Lord Krishna, the best strategist and one of the most handsome Gods is said to have had radiant blue-black skin, lotus pink lips and he is described in epics as wearing bright yellow silks with pearl and diamond jewelry and sometimes a nose ring. A very famous Cretan sculpture shows a powerful goddess holding up snakes with her breasts spilling over her jacket. In the high Gothic period wearing a hose that came over the mid thigh with velvet breeches was considered as manly perfection. A very famous Cretan sculpture shows a powerful goddess holding up snakes with her breasts spilling over her jacket. On a more relatable level, I remember my grand uncles having long hair (similar to a back oseldet) and wearing chunky diamond studs in both ears as a part of their tradition. I see male traders wearing nail polish and Mehendi even today and I know of women who’ll only wear all black or blue outfits.

Today, our societies, our nations and hence our practices are in a constant flux. Living in this melting pot of cultures, we are racing towards frontiers and embracing technology as our second skin but we are still not open to breaking stereotypes and challenging falsely conceived notions. At a time when leggings are being considered as destructors of culture, are we willing to call a man wearing a pantyhose and gathered velvet shorts as manly? Are we open minded enough to see him wearing yellow silks, a nose ring, flowers and pearls? Should a woman be completely covered up to be a “good, respectable woman”? Can a plus sized or even large women wear short, fitting clothes without being ridiculed? Why is a girl considered feminine only when she wear pinks, pearls or flowers? Why is there is constant debate whether the fair or dark skin is more beautiful?

I understand that this is sensitive (and controversial) topic with exhaustive arguments from either side of the bench. But the fact that there is a discussion itself is a positive development for me. I feel that Fashion brands, designers and enthusiasts have a responsibility to make this society more open minded and aware and accepting of the fact that we are all created equal. No one being should ever be made to feel that they are less than another for looking a particular way. I laud Jabong‘s sequel to their “Be You‘ Campaign that discusses alternative ideals of beauty and questions stereotypes as a positive step in this direction.


Without going into the commercial or strategic aspect of branding, I think this one of the best fashion advertisements of recent times in terms of content – styling and choreography. Controversial as it might be, it is interesting to see the Indian advertising industry transform into this mature, complex visual medium. It makes you sit up, take notice and propels you to discuss real yet scarcely discussed issues like “identity”in a contemporary Indian Context.

Recently, I found this post on Facebook that said “One’s choices may not resonate with you! But that does not make them wrong!”. I don’t think I can sum up this post any better. One does not have to conform to a particular way of looking to be considered beautiful. With a little awareness, acceptance, and kindness everyone can live beautiful lives.

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Caring for Gemstone Jewelry

The love for gemstones and gemstones jewelry is not something very recent or new. There is strong evidence of jewelry and gemstones even in the earliest known civilizations, like those of the Mohenjo-daro and Harappan civilisation or Egypt

The love for gemstones and gemstones jewelry is not something very recent or new. There is strong evidence of jewelry and gemstones even in the earliest known civilizations, like those of the Mohenjo-daro and Harappan civilisation or Egypt. Royalty, from around the world have fought great battles and plundered nations for dazzling gems. Cleopatra, was crazy for Emeralds and Mughal emperors including Shah Jahaan had verses of the Holy Quran and even the line of succession of kings engraved on humongous rubies

With the shimmer and shine of gemstone jewelry taking over the fashion world in a big way everybody wants to own as much as possible. Natural stones are quite expensive and buying them is not an everyday affair but they can become treasured heirloom pieces if they are well cared for. To help you take care of your precious pieces here are a few tips you that could follow.

Caring for Gemstone Jewelry
Most of the gems are soft and vulnerable to cracking on pressure or impact, hence avoid wearing such gems in rings. Even if you have such rings, try to wear them carefully so that they do not bump in hard surfaces or else they might chip or crack
– Avoid prolonged and continuous exposure of the gemstones to sunshine as the UV rays and heat in sunshine acts as a bleaching agent or sometimes a darkening agent, fading away the color of gems, especially Topaz.

– Try your best to make sure that the jewelry you wear, does not comes in contact with perfumes and lotions, as the minerals and chemicals in them create a coating over the jewelry and end up diminishing their shine.
– Proper storage is as imperative as the proper cleaning of precious jewels. So, store them in an airtight box at a moisture-free place in your cupboard and use padded storage boxes for carrying your gemstone jewelry while travelling.

Cleaning Gemstone Jewelry

The gemstones jewelry that you wear daily like wedding and engagement rings or pendants must be cleaned on regular basis as they gather a lot of dead skin, dirt, grease and particles, ruining the shine and degrading the life of the stones. Here is how to clean them
– Once you take off your gemstones jewelry, clean them by wiping gently with a soft cotton cloth in circular motion, rather than a coarse rubbing
– Avoid using hard detergents, chlorine based cleaners or ‘Colin’ like cleaners, and even toothpaste for cleaning your gemstones for they ruin the surface of the ornamental jewelry, particularly the ones with coated gemstones.
Wash gemstone pieces in lukewarm water using a soft brush (Like a clean makeup brush) and mild liquid soap and pat dry with a towel
Always read and follow the instructions carefully before using ultrasonic cleaners for your gemstone jewelry and avoid using them for fracture filled gems and stones like moonstone, pearl and coral.
– Approach a professional jeweler to clean very ornamental pieces for you, rather than attempting to doing it by yourself.

As with any other product, it is important to rest your jewelry in between wears. Frequent cleaning and proper care will help you retain the gleam of your precious jewelry for ages. Do check out previous posts on how to clean your jewelry for tips and tricks. Do you have any more gemstone cleaning tips? If so add them in the cmments.

 

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Gem Gossip Visits ESQUELETO in Oakland, CA

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My #JewelryRoadTrip started off with a bang in 2016–I planned on visiting San Francisco and found a ton of amazing stores and designers. I couldn’t wait to see what this city had in store for my jewelry adventures!

The first stop had me venturing across the Bay Bridge, although not in San Francisco–but in Oakland (just a 20 minute car ride) the side track was totally worth it. ESQUELETO is nestled in the coziest spot, their location is dreamy in every way imaginable. So much to SEE, the shop is filled with artwork, jewelry, rock and mineral specimens, neat objects, and lots of gifts, so browsing in one spot might take awhile and you STILL might miss something! Filled with treasures, although not feeling cluttered at all, the white walls lighten up the small space along with the large windows which let in tons of sunlight. The ambiance is like a desert oasis meets jewelry boutique, and owner Lauren Wolf has been curating items for ESQUELETO since its opening in 2011. I could’ve looked for hours!

Lauren is also a jewelry designer herself, where she creates beautiful jewelry using black and grey diamonds with her signature claw prongs and other designs inspired by nature. Lauren Wolf Jewelry fits right in with what is on display at ESQUELETO; each designer and artist complements one another in the best way possible. Their “Stack of the Week” is a true testament to this statement, where different rings from their inventory are stacked together and photographed, showing how different artists and even different time periods can mix and mingle together. Speaking of time periods, they’ve added lots of antique and vintage jewelry to their lineup and it has been really fun for them. To read more about this, check out my blog post featuring their antique and vintage jewelry.

Many of the designers featured at ESQUELETO are local, like Sarah Swell Jewelry, Jessica Winzelberg, Nick Engel, Ursa Major, all who live in San Francisco. Other artists and designers are people Lauren loves and feels that his or her work is a good fit for the store. Anthony Lent Jewelry is featured at ESQUELETO, a favorite of mine, and I learned Lauren took a class from Anthony and considers him one of the greatest. So many favorites–check out their designer page to see the full list!

If you’re looking for a store that will transport you to someplace beautiful, where you will “want everything,” then you must visit ESQUELETO in Oakland! Stay tuned for more San Francisco recommendations!

Here are some of the pieces I tried on and loved while visiting:

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Onyx cameo ring, size 6.5, Price: $975

18k gold large cluster diamond ring, size 5, Price: $9,000

Victorian Almandite garnet ring, size 5, Price: $500

Victorian pearl cluster ring, size 4, Price: $750

Turquoise and pearl band ring, size 6, Price: $900


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Opal and diamond vintage ring, size 8, Price: $2,600

Rhombus Signet ring by Lauren Wolf in 14k yellow gold, Price: $1,100

The Prism ring set with three shield cut diamonds in 18k rose gold by Lauren Wolf, Price: $5,800

Fancy Teardrop cluster ring by Polly Wales, Price: $6,100

Inverted marquise diamond ring by Rebecca Overmann, Price: $4,000

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Vintage garnet fan earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $3,600

Barnacle dangle hoop earrings in 18k & 14k yellow gold by Johnny Ninos, Price: $3,185

Medium barnacle stud in 18k yellow gold and black diamonds by Johnny Ninos, Price: $375/single

Bronze Stag Beetle by Biological Jewels, Price: $125

Five square diamond antique band ring, Price: $1,600


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18k white gold grey center diamond ring by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $4,000

Four diamond antique band size 5, Price: $500

Large starburst necklace in silver by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $315

Diamond claw ring set with a 2.17 ct gray/green diamond by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $12,000

Black diamond barnacle ring by Johnny Ninos, Price: $1,415


ESQUELETO OAKLAND

482 A 49th St.
Oakland, CA 94609
510-629-6216

(ESQUELETO has an LA location as well)

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7 Easy hacks to clean silver jewelry

If you love your silver jewellery, the chances are you’ve spent a lot of time trying to find out how to clean them. Thankfully there are plenty of great products out there to help you do this – as well as a few “unusual” alternatives

If you love your silver jewellery, the chances are you’ve spent a lot of time trying to find out how to clean them. Thankfully there are plenty of great products out there to help you do this – as well as a few “unusual” alternatives.

Have You Heard About These Weird and Wonderful Ways to Clean Silver Jewellery?

#1 Polishes and Plates
Traditional jewellery cleaners include polishes and plates. These are specially designed to remove dirt and marks from your jewellery and leave them looking as good as new. Make sure the products you choose are intended to clean silver jewellery and always follow the instructions to avoid damage. If your jewellery has beads, charms, jewels or embellishments then you should take extra care as metal cleaners and polishes may be too harsh for these delicate parts.

#2 Toothpaste
Making your silver look good as new is almost as simple as a spit-and-polish. Simply squeeze out a normal amount of toothpaste (the tartar-removing kind works best), rub it in all over the item you’re cleaning. When the toothpaste has turned black, rinse it off and dry your item with a kitchen towel or microfiber cloth. If you’re cleaning something like a chain, or your jewellery has some kind of twist in its design, you could gently rub the toothpaste away with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be careful if your jewellery has a darker design etched into it, though – this method could remove the colour.

#3 Ketchup
This one’s just as simple as toothpaste. Pour some ketchup into a bowl. Submerge your silver and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, before rinsing it with hot water and buffing it dry with a rag or microfiber cloth. Be sure to rinse it well – even if you do love ketchup, you don’t want any smell or residue hanging around.

#4 Aluminium Foil
If the question of how to clean silver has been on your mind for a while, here’s one of the cheapest tricks of all. Aluminium tarnishes much more easily than silver does, so when you soak the two of them in water together, the aluminium will pick up the tarnish from the silver, leaving your jewellery looking bright, shiny, and good as new. To get the fastest results, line a bowl with aluminium foil (shiny side up) and place your jewellery inside the bowl with boiling water and a normal amount of laundry detergent, baking soda, or even just salt. These will act as a catalyst, speeding up the chemical reaction that removes the dark coating. Leave it to stand for a few minutes, then remove your jewellery from the bowl (carefully – you don’t want to burn yourself!) and wipe it down with a rag.


#5 Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
Mix ½ cup of lemon juice with a teaspoon of olive oil. Dip a soft cloth in the mixture and buff your jewellery with it, then rinse and dry. A quick and easy way to achieve a beautiful shine.

#6 Vodka
Vodka has plenty of uses around the house, so it’s hardly a surprise that a quick dip in your drink could leave your jewellery sparkling. A word of caution, though – only use vodka on plain silver jewellery as otherwise you risk damaging the finish of your jewels. Don’t drink the vodka afterwards either, if you don’t want that gunk on your jewellery then you won’t want it in your belly. Soap If your jewellery is just slightly discoloured or filmy, a solution of mild dish soap or shampoo should get it back up to its former glory in no time. This method is particularly great with delicate pearls, which can dull and wear away with some of the harsher methods listed here.

#7 Wear it More Often
There’s no need to wait for someone to tell you how to clean silver before you show off your jewellery – just wearing it could work wonders. The natural oils in your skin will “clean” your silver and help to prevent further tarnishing.

These tips are simple, cheap, and very effective – the perfect way for you and your jewellery to shine on!

This post with a lot of useful tips has been written by John Brasington who is a veteran of unsavoury household arrangements and learned to clean in the trenches of student living. Now he writes about cleaning and whatever else takes his fancy.

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A Rainbow of Jewels at Heritage Auctions December 7th Signature Sale

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Lot 54142 Heritage Auction Lot 55278 Heritage Auction

Lot 54269 Heritage Auction Lot 54743 Heritage Auction

Lot 54095 Heritage Auction Lot 54408 Heritage Auction

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Lot 54096 Heritage Auction Lot 54640 Heritage Auction

Swinging from deep cherry reds, to vibrant orange, on up through mossy green and the moody blues, where one finally lands at the end of the vibrant rainbow of color, this year’s December Sale from Heritage Auction takes you on a color-filled adventure with their offerings. Whether you’ve been searching for a specific color or certain tone or saturation of hue, the plethora of gemstones give you so many possibilities. If I wanted to search for an orange-colored jewel, I may not realize how many options there are from this December Signature Sale from Heritage–I could go with deep and vibrant coral, or light and citrus Topaz, or even a non-nacreous option of a melo melo pearl hanging from an orange-colored silk cord necklace! And to think, most would automatically assume citrine! So, open up your eyes to the rainbow of options from the December 7th Signature Sale from Heritage Auctions.

Let’s start with red and work our way down to violet!

Lot 54058: Most would think of ruby red, but these tourmalines exhibit the prettiest shades of red and dark pink, sprinkled with diamonds in a domed style. Set in 18k yellow gold, these earrings are made to flatter and contain an impressive carat weight of pink tourmaline–over 50 carats! Be a lady in red with these! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 54360: An enticing and enchanting ruby ring, perfect in every way! Designed by Van Cleef & Arpels, featuring one cushion cut ruby weighing approximately 3.80 carats, surrounded by diamonds totaling six carats! The ring is set in platinum and 18k yellow gold, truly special. Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Lot 54142: One word in the notes section for this listing and sure sums up everything about these platinum and coral earrings–stunning! And we all can agree, if only to see these in person and try them on! The coral is precisely cut and the craftsmanship is high, marked with maker’s mark Cicada. Estimate: $8,000-10,000

Lot 55278: Bold carved coral creates this orange sensation for a jewelry suite–featuring a ring and pair of matching earrings. Very modern in style, maybe even slightly futuristic, this set includes some sparkle thanks to diamonds, a total of one carat all together. Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 54269: As bright as the sun, this gigantic yellow sapphire which weighs 20.56 carats, mounted in a fabulous platinum and diamond setting. The split-shank style of the ring offsets the boldness of the large gem, giving it a more dainty feel. Such a stunner. Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Lot 54743: The glowing orangey-yellow of Topaz makes these 18k white gold stud earrings shine. Set amongst round cut and baguette cut diamonds, the earrings have a fun style, and are great for any occasion! Very versatile! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 54095: The color green of Tsavorite garnet is unlike any other green! It gives me holiday vibes and that is perfect this time of year. These hoops are something else–pave through and through, all set in 18k white gold with a black rhodium finish. Love them! Estimate: $3,500-4,500

Lot 54408: This necklace stopped me in my tracks. The beads are carved green beryl, dispersed with black onyx and diamond in 18k white gold. Such a unique, one-of-a-kind piece, destined to be treasured forever. Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54138: Navettes are nice, especially when they are set with a gorgeous 3.50 carat sapphire! This ring pulls out all the stops, from its platinum setting, to superbly matched and set diamonds, it has it all. I can picture this making someone very happy Christmas morning! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54278: Another moody blue for our rainbow of gems is this lot, featuring a central pear-shaped sapphire surrounded by others in oval. The ring is all set in 14k white gold and is such a classy look. You can’t go wrong with sapphires, let’s be honest! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54096: To represent our indigo color in this rainbow-filled blog post, a light-pastel colored sapphire with no heat treatment does the job! This beautiful ring features a 7.43 carat sapphire which comes with a certificate from GIA. The setting has a halo of diamonds and is a sizable 7, in 14k white gold. Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54640: Had to include the royal purple exemplified by amethyst and this pieces is my favorite from the sale. A round mixed cut amethyst set in a crowned garland platinum and white gold brooch. A relic from the early 1900s past, I love how stylish it can be in today’s time. Estimate: $1,800-2,400

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