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How to Clean and Care for Alternative Metals

How to Clean and Care for Alternative Metals

Alternative Metals JCK Magazine has stated *”it's clear that our economy is driving the popularity of alternative metals.”  Blitz has a number of cleaning choices for these new economy fashion metals.  Some jewelers prefer the term 'contemporary metals' to alternative metals.  Either term is a contrast to the traditional precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum.  Consumers are looking for attractive items to fit their stressed pocketbooks.  The first metal of choice is the "other white metal", palladium.  It's a less common precious metal, then platinum, with a somewhat whiter look.   It tends to be less expensive and therefore...

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How to Clean Your Rhodium-Coated and Plated Jewelry

How to Clean Your Rhodium-Coated and Plated Jewelry

A rhodium-coating or a rhodium-plating is added to silver jewelry to prevent it from tarnishing, and to preserve it longer.  Rhodium is frequently used to coat "white-gold" to make is more durable. Rhodium is a highly reflective precious metal (currently more valuable than gold and platinum) and is used to plate white gold or silver. It is a very hard wearing metal and does not tarnish. Warnings: Never use any chemicals on your rhodium items.  Never use toothpaste (toothpaste is for teeth!).  Never brush with a toothbrush.  Don't use polishing cloths that are intended for use on uncoated silver, or for...

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Clean Your Bling the Blitz Way

Clean Your Bling the Blitz Way

There are a lot of articles floating around on the internet on cleaning your bling. Most involve toothpaste, dishwashing liquid, and mixing odd chemicals. Think about this. Toothpaste was designed for teeth. It has ingredients that are great to remove plague, tartar, and stains, but for jewelry you paid a mint for? Ask yourself if this sounds right. Dishwashing liquid is made to clean off food: Gunk, dried eggs, and grease. Your jewelry doesn't have any of this stuff on it. Is that right? Blitz can clean your Bling the right way. We've been making cleaning stuff since 1912. First,...

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“Wood” You Wear it? How to Clean Your Wood Jewelry Collection

“Wood” You Wear it?  How to Clean Your Wood Jewelry Collection

Style trends are pointing to more natural materials, specifically wood for making earrings, bangle bracelets and necklaces. An article by JCK’s Jewelry Fashion File titled, “Nothing to Knock: Jewelry Highlighting the Beauty of Wood” points out several high fashion magazines to include wood jewelry as the perfect pairings to winter inspired outfits (some argue wood is only appropriate for summer attire but the pairings we saw at JCK were to be admired). “Artisans who work with wood speak of finding the singular beauty in every piece from which they craft their wares. The natural grain of the wood gives it character...

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How to Clean and Care for Garnet

How to Clean and Care for Garnet

Garnet is the gemstone of eternal friendship that is well known for its durable exterior and brilliant color. Mention of garnet dates back to 3200 BC as the gemstone was said to be found on an Egyptian Diadem, which was, “made up of beads and chips of garnet, turquoise and malachite as well as sections of very small gold beads, which was found in the Naqada II grave of a woman at Abydos; it was used to hold a piece of veil-like cloth over the face of the deceased” (Nicholson: Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology p.32). Nicholson also suggests that...

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