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About Claddagh Rings

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Although Irish Claddagh rings are traditionally associated with love and the couple, they began to be used more often as symbols of friendship.

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  • Features: The Claddagh ring features two hands holding up a crowned heart, an image that has occasioned many interpretations over time.
  • History: The Claddagh ring is originated 300 years ago in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh. According to the legend, Robert Joyce, a young local fisherman, was sold into slavery after his boat was captured by pirates.  While he was working for his master, a rich goldsmith, Robert could not forget his beloved one from the village of Claddagh, so he built for her a special ring, which symbolizes his love for her. When he was released from slavery, Robert returned home to Claddagh, gave his beloved one the ring and took her in marriage. Today you can find Claddagh ring in all cheap wholesale jewelry.
  • Significance: The way in which the Claddagh ring is worn expresses a person’s marital status. Someone married or engaged wears the ring on his left hand with the crown directed out the heart. The ring located on the right hand, with the crown directed out the heart, suggests that the wearer wants to start a love relationship. When worn on the right hand with the crown toward the heart, the ring transmits that the wearer is not interested in initiating a relationship of love.
  • Function: The Claddagh Ring is also one of the most popular Irish wedding jewelry.  Traditionally, it is given by the mother to his daughter in the wedding day of the latter.


What Are Signet Rings?

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Also known as signature rings, signet rigs are worn by both men and women and they are usually engraved with symbols, the wearer’s initials or other ornamental designs of the wearer’s choice. Antique signet rings were used as official seals or engraved with a person’s coat of arms.

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  • History: In ancient Rome, the signet ring was representing the individual who wore it, denoting his or her identity or the social or noble status. Gaining popularity during the Augustan period, this ring was the wearer’s signature.  As an example, Pompey’s ring was engraved with a lion bearing a sword and Augustus’s ring had the head of Alexander the Great and then his own image.
  • Modern days: With the time many and new decorative motifs were introduced with rings, while the most common types of signet rings worn at preset day are made from white or yellow gold and engraved with personal initials, becoming ornamental rings. Because today these signet rings are not used as official signatures or seals as they were in antiquity, the engravings aren’t anymore done in mirror style.  You can find it in cheap wholesale jewelry.
  • How to get one: Today signet rings are back in fashion. Many companies are passionate about making personalized signet rings according to your specifications. You can order a signet ring online or through catalogs, but you have to wait about two weeks until the design is done.


DIY Jewelry Cleaning

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Jewelry cleaned regularly can maintain their brilliance if you clean them properly.  Gold, silver or precious stones can always look new if you pay them little attention. It is not about a difficult procedure or that requires long time, but an easy cleaning with products that you have in your home.

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  • How to clean gold: Gold does not tarnish, but it can change the texture a little because gathers dust, sweat or other substances. Therefore, gold can be cleaned quite easily, without too much effort. All you have to do is mix a few drops of liquid dish washing detergent with a little hot water and let the gold jewelry in the resulting solution for 20 minutes. Then remove the jewelry, rinse it and wipe it with a soft cloth (or suede), and then let it dry on a napkin. Another solution of this kind is obtained from a cup of hot water in which to put a teaspoon of baking soda. Let the jewelry piece in the resulting mixture for 20 minutes, rinse it and let it dry. A faster way to clean gold is wiping with a soft cloth soaked in alcohol. This cleans metal and removes all residues.
  • How to clean silver: Silver jewelry is easier to clean, so it can be introduced in a solution of hot water, dish soap and baking soda for 25 minutes. Then rinse it and brush it with toothpaste. Another method is the following: mix two tablespoons of baking soda, two of salt, two of detergent and half a liter of water, in a pot whose walls are covered in aluminum foil. Set the fire, put the pot and then add the jewelry piece. Let the solution to boil for one minute, then take out the jewelry and rinse it well with cold water to remove traces of salt or detergent. Finally, wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth.
  • How to clean pearls: Pearls can be cleaned simply with a cloth moistened in water to remove traces of sweat, dust and makeup.
  • How to clean precious stones: For them there is no standard method of cleaning, because they are too sensitive. If however you want to remove traces of dust or other residue, put them under cold running water and then wipe them with a soft cloth.


How to Keep Necklaces and Chains from Rusting

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In time, necklaces and chains lose their shine and start to rust. This means that the metal oxidizes and this occurs when we keep jewels in wet places or there are other factors that lead to rusting jewelry. Here are some tips to take care of chains and necklaces not to rust.

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  • Keep the necklaces and chains in a sealed box – cardboard jewelry box or wood lined with a material: velvet or satin -, to enter less in contact with air. Avoid using wooden jewelry boxes, because sometimes the wood is acid and will cause the chains and necklaces to rust.
  • When you do not wear the necklaces and chains it is preferable to keep them individually in bags away from sources of light.
  • Keep your chain and necklace away from wet places, such as the kitchen or the mirror shelf in the bathroom.
  • It is important to clean the jewelry with a soft cloth – a 100% cotton towel or other cotton cloth – after a few wearing.
  • Be careful not to touch the jewelry with chlorine-based products. Remove the chains and necklaces when washing with such products, because it attacks the metal. If you go to the pool, where water is treated with chlorine, take off your jewelry.
  • Do not spray perfume directly on jewelry, when putting on chains and necklaces, because the essential oils and perfume alcohol reacts with the metal and it can rust.
  • Chains and necklaces in contact with perfume, perspiration and so on, after a time they can change color, especially the gold ones.

These are the basic things that you can do to keep necklaces and chains from rusting and of course to keep your jewelry clean longer.

Guide to Ring Sizes for Fingers

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If you do not know the exact size of your ring, follow the guide to ring sizes below. Remember that a bigger ring size can eventually be modified, while a smaller one cannot be modified and the ring must be rebuilt completely.

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  • Measures should be taken on the finger that the ring will be worn. The same finger of the other hand has different size.
  • It is not recommended to take the measure when the fingers are swollen as a result of temporary physiological state; after exercise, after exposure to the sun. It is advisable to take the measure at the end of the day, when, usually fingers have the greatest thickness, considering the intensity of the physical effort during the day.
  • The measure is taken on the last phalanx of the finger, to be more precisely, on the last segment.
  • Take a ring that fits you well and measure the diagonal inside the ring. Find the closest size in centimeters with the size you just took:  1.2cm in diameter is size 41, 1.3cm in diameter is size 42, 1.35cm in diameter is size 43, 1.4cm in diameter is size 44, 1.45cm in diameter is size 45, 1.5cm in diameter is size 46, 1.55cm in diameter is size 47, 1.58cm in diameter is size 48, 1.6cm in diameter is size 49, 1.65cm in diameter is size 50, 1.68cm in diameter is size 51, 1.7cm in diameter is 52, 1.75cm in diameter is size 53, 1.78cm in diameter is size 54, 1.8cm in diameter is size 55, 1.85cm in diameter is size 56, 1.88cm in diameter is size 57, 1.9cm in diameter is size 58, 1.95cm in diameter is size 59, 1.98cm in diameter is size 60 and so on.
  • An exact measurement of the size ring is made in jewelry shops with measuring tools.

You can find more ideas about finding the right engagement ring or wedding bands on EasyWeddingIdeas.Com; it’s good to use as many sources of inspiration as possible, because the model is just as important as the size. So take your time browsing for models after you’ve determined your correct ring size.

How to Thread a Pearl Bracelet

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Pearls were used as jewelry and coveted by people around the world for thousands of years. Threading a pearl bracelet can be challenging and requires time and a special knotting technique that keeps pearls from rubbing against each other and dulling the luster. Knowing this technique we can string our own designs or repair broken pearl jewelry. Read on and find out how to thread a pearl bracelet.

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  • You will need about 28 pearls, a size E silk thread, a thin needle, two clam shell tips, one jump ring, and a clasp. The clam shell tips will hide the end knots and will make possible to add the clasp which will be attached to a jump ring. Also, you will need scissors, jewelry cement and a towel.
  • First, thread the silk through the needle until the needle goes to the middle of the string, and then tie the free ends. Use a double thread, put the threaded needle through one clam shell tip and pull the thread until the end knot is on the cupped side of the clam shell. Use glue, cut the remaining silk with the scissors and close the clam shell.
  • Make a knot against the clam shell tip to prevent the contact of the first pearl with the metal; otherwise the pearl will get scratched. Prepare your pearls and lay them on a towel.
  • Thread the pearls and make a knot with the doubled silk between each pearl by pulling apart the two strands until the knot is close to the pearl. Continue threading pearls until the bracelet in complete.
  • Insert the needle from the side opposite to the cupped side of the second clam shell tip and thread the clam shell tip. The end knot will be hidden inside the clam shell. Now do the same as before, use glue and trim the silk.
  • Finally, attach the clam shell tips to the lobster clasp and the jump ring and curve them around the clasp. Apply glue to prevent the tip from opening and your pearl bracelet is complete.


How to Clean Sterling Jewelry

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Traditionally, silver jewelry is made from sterling silver (standard silver), an alloy of silver with copper. Sterling silver is harder than pure silver and melts at a lower temperature than pure silver or copper. Sterling silver jewelry is often plated with a thin foil of silver to have a shiny finish. With time, sterling jewelry loses its brightness and blackens. This is due to oxidation. If you live in an area with wet weather, your jewelry will oxidize faster. Here is a method suggested by some jewelry stores to clean sterling jewelry at home.


Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Place an aluminum foil in a bowl and fill the bowl with hot water;
  • Step 2: Add ¼ cup of soda water, 1 tbsp. of dishwashing detergent and 1 tbsp. of salt and mix everything;
  • Step 3: After everything is mixed together,  place your sterling jewelry in the bowl in the resulting solution for a few minutes;
  • Step 4: Rinse out the jewelry and wipe it with a cotton cloth or leave it to dry on a towel.

Attention! Remove sterling jewelry or any other jewelry when you enter the shower, when washing clothes or whenever there is the possibility that the jewelry makes contact with chlorinated water, otherwise you will see that it starts to blacken.

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