Keeping Your Silver Beautiful

 

Did you know that you can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often? The oils in your skin “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny. Of course, I’m a big fan of this option, but if your silver needs a little touch up, start with a non-abrasive silver cloth to polish your items (paper towels or facial tissues can scratch the silver). If you need more, I like these two eco-friendly options over commercial silver polishes:

Soap and water: Warm water and a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free dish washing soap should be your first line of defense if the polishing cloth doesn’t work.

Baking soda and water: Make a paste of baking soda and water and use a clean cloth to apply a pea-sized amount to the silver and polish. For etched, stamped or detailed items, thin the paste with more water and use a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to get the cracks and crevices.

 

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After using any cleaner, be sure to thoroughly rinse your silver with running water or a clean, damp cloth. dry the pieces with a microfiber cloth to prevent white water spots.

My advice? Get that jewelry out of the box and show it off!

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What Are Eco-Friendly Diamonds?

As far back as 6,000 years ago when they were used for religious amulets in India, diamonds have been treasured as precious stones. As a result, approximately 4.5 billion carats of diamonds have been extracted from the ground since large scale mining efforts began in South Africa in the 1870s. This means many millions of diamonds are part of the world’s existing, already mined supply of diamonds.

I refuse to participate in environmentally damaging mining practices, so I only work with suppliers of previously mined diamonds and other gemstones that are cut and polished from existing “rough” stones or those that were previously set in jewelry then removed and re-introduced into the supply chain for resale.

It’s only part of my commitment to creating sustainably beautiful jewelry….Look for a future post about recycled metals!

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Make Your Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day gifts shouldn’t be “one size fits all” (should anything really?). Every mom is different, and our recognition of the mothers in our lives should be as special as she is.

If you’re still looking for just the right thing, I think I can help.

If your mom loves being on the water, a Sailboat or Anchor necklace or earrings from my Maine Nautical collection is sure to put a smile on her face. Several options are two-sided so she
gets both designs. Is your mom your anchor? Check out the Anchor My Anchor reversible earrings to make sure she knows.

     

Does your mom love flowers? Why not give her some that will last way beyond Mother’s Day? Check out my Cherry Blossom series. There are lots of options: round or square, pendant or earrings. Customize with a gemstone to make it perfectly unique to your mom.

A piece from the Lotus Flower collection is a really thoughtful gift if your mom has a strong spiritual side. There are several one-sided and reversible options in the Lotus, Om and Stacking Stones designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of these designs are available in shiny or matte finish and in 14K gold or sterling silver. Plus, there are several options for chain designs and lengths.

If you don’t see what you want at Chaya Studio Jewelry, give me a call! Together, we can find just the right gift for Mother’s Day.