5 Homemade Jewelry Cleaning Remedies

Jewelry Cleaning

There’s nothing worse than choosing your whole outfit based off of a favorite piece of jewelry and realizing it’s tarnished or dull-looking. You’ll start to completely change your outfit, shoes, hair style and purse just because your favorite necklace and earrings were looking a little under the weather and you have no time to get polish from the store or take it to a professional.

It’s easy to panic when your jewelry is looking worn out because those pieces mean a lot to you, but fear not, Ice.com is here to tell you that your jewelry will shine and sparkle like new in 5 minutes with common household items.

  • Diamond, gemstone, gold and silver jewelry: The Alka Seltzer Trick
    • Drop two tablets of plain Alka Seltzer in a glass of water and let tablets dissolve.
    • Place your dull looking jewelry in the glass and let it sit for a couple minutes.
    • Remove jewelry and dry with a clean towel or microfiber cloth.
    • Enjoy the new sparkle and shine of your jewelry
  • Silver jewelry: The Baking Soda Remedy (removes built-up tarnish from your silver)
    • Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water to make a thick paste.
    • Apply paste to silver jewelry with a damp sponge.
    • Rinse the paste off and buff dry.
    • Note: Use with silver jewelry only. This solution can loosen glue on gemstone jewelry and may damage their finish.
  • Untarnished Gold
    • Mix a few drops of mild dish detergent in warm water and place gold jewelry in solution.
    • Carefully brush gold with a soft toothbrush.
    • Rinse and dry with a towel or microfiber cloth.
  • Tarnished Gold
    • Same method as untarnished gold, but add a few drops of ammonia to the dish detergent and warm water solution
  • Pearls: The Au Natural Method. Pearls are said to look best when they’ve been worn because they lose their lustre if they get too clean so use the oils in your own skin! Pop on your pearls for a few hours to get dull pearls looking their best.
    • If you feel you must clean stained pearls, use a drop of mild detergent (no more) in a bowl of warm water.
    • Place your pearls in a colander to minimize handling and dip in the solution several times.
    • Rinse thoroughly in clean water and pour on a towel to dry or use a chamois leather cloth and softly hand dry.

    Like these solutions, there are many jewelry cleaning home remedies that work, but also a lot that can hurt your jewelry so be careful when looking for a quick fix. It’s always best to consult with the experts, like us 🙂 so you don’t end up having to take your jewelry to a professional. Best practice is to store your jewelry separate from other pieces so they aren’t scratched, keep it away from water and out of the pools and wipe it with a microfiber cloth after each wear to strengthen the sparkle and shine.

The jewelry experts at Ice.com are always here to help so comment below, message us at info@ice.com or chat with us live at Ice.com with any and all questions.

Have an Ice day,
-Reed

Myth Busted: Cleaning Silver with Toothpaste

Silver Jewelry

Many unfortunate silver jewelry owners stumble on the “ol toothpaste method” when looking to find cheap/easy ways to clean their silver jewelry. Sadly, what’s very unclear is that the same chemical used to keep your teeth clean can eat at your fine jewelry.

This is especially true when talking about silver, which is a very sensitive metal. The damage that toothpaste can cause may be so severe that only a professional jeweler will be able to fix it. Toothpaste will also scuff the surface on amber, opal, turquoise and other soft stones resulting in the fine polish to be permanently marred.

So how do you maintain and clean your silver jewelry?:

General Maintenance: gently wipe off excess make-up and skin oils after each wear using a smooth, 100% cotton cloth using only the soft pads of your fingers. This will increase the shimmer and shine of your jewelry.

Store Bought Remedy: Find a 100% cotton cloth and a good nonabrasive metal cleaner. We prefer Weiman Royal Sterling Silver Polish. Rub that on the silver (avoid gemstones!) and then rinse thoroughly. It’s important to remember that sterling silver is extremely soft. Even your fingernails can dent the metal.

Home Remedy (can be used with silver, gold, diamonds and gemstones)

  • Drop two tablets of plain Alka Seltzer in a glass of water and add jewelry.
  • Let jewelry sit for a couple minutes, remove and dry with clean towel or microfiber cloth.
  • Enjoy the new sparkle and shine of your jewelry

In order to prevent tarnishing in the future, wrap your jewelry in jeweler’s tissue paper and store it in a tightly sealed zip lock bag.

Although Ice.com jewelry experts recommend a manufactured and approved silver polish, we know many of us lead busy lives and can’t make it to the store or can’t wait a week for our polish to come in. Don’t fret because we’ve outlined the top home remedies to clean your gemstone, gold and silver jewelry. Check them out here!

If you have any questions about jewelry maintenance, care and storage or need helping finding that perfect piece, ask us in the comments below or log on to Ice.com to talk with a jewelry expert today!

Have an Ice Day!
-Reed

5 Tips for Storing and Caring for Gold

When speaking with friends and acquaintances, I’ve noticed that many people are unaware of how to properly care for their gold jewelry so I decided to post a few pointers.

First of all, it is important to know when to take it off. I know women who never remove their wedding rings, no matter what the circumstances. This is misplaced sentiment, however, as many activities such as sports, housework and gardening are likely to bring the ring into contact with destructive chemicals which will eat away at the gold and eventually make it unwearable. Additionally,chlorine and other disinfectant chemicals found in hot tubs and swimming pools can react to the alloys in gold and result in discoloration.

When you do remove your gold jewelry, you should wrap it in a soft cloth and keep it away from both costume jewelry and sunlight as sunlight can dim the gold’s glow.

Gold jewelry should be cleaned with a soft, non-abrasive material and soft, lint free cloth. There are cleaning solutions available which I would recommend for delicate or intricately carved gold pieces. I would recommend occasional (once every year or two) visits to your local jeweler for a professional cleaning and inspection. With the proper care, your gold can last a lifetime.

Just in case you are in the mood to buy, check out Ice.com Gold Jewelry selection here and add to your collection.

Cheers,
Dustin

Pack Jewelry For A Winter Weekend Getaway

Diamond stud earrings are perfect for a winter getaway.When packing for a winter weekend getaway, women devote most of their suitcase space to ski gear and outerwear. But while you’ll likely spend the majority of your time on the slopes, there will surely be downtime spent snuggling in the lodge or indulging in a delicious meal, so don’t forget to pack some jewelry for the snowy trip.

Smooth metals are versatile and easy to travel with, whether you’re driving to your destination or boarding a bus. Best of all, they won’t get caught on wintry garments like thickly knit sweaters. Before dinner, throw on a few bangles or a gold pendant necklace for a bit of glamour.

Diamond stud earrings will work on the slopes and in the lodge, so you won’t have to bring a wide array of earrings with you on your trip. Studs won’t interfere with hats or earmuffs, and they will add a chic amount of sparkle to any outfit once you’re out of the snow. You might want to wear your screw back studs so you don’t risk losing them in the snow.

Keep a statement necklace in your bag in case your crew wants to hit the town – it’s an easy way to elevate any ensemble without a lot of effort.

Remember, whenever you travel, your jewelry is at risk to be lost or stolen. Ask the lodge for a room with an electric safe or leave your most treasured pieces at home.

Military-inspired jewelry is hot this fall

A black diamond ring is perfect for the military look.This season, many of the designer duds heading down the runway feature bright jewel tones and crisp, military-inspired lines. In order to make accessorizing a snap, invest in a few simple jewelry pieces that will complement the fashions and pull your on-trend look together.

Search for pieces that are versatile, sleek and boast military-style shades and you'll be good to go for fall. Colors such as navy, green and beige are the paramount hues that define this look.

Emerald earrings will look fabulous when paired with a military jacket and dark denim jeans. Sapphire bracelets, necklaces and rings will certainly be in-vogue.

Another vital color for the military trend is black. Women who are showing off this army-inspired look are often seen wearing green or navy blue jackets and black aviator boots. For jewelry, a black diamond ring with a simple band will look lovely when paired with a structured blazer, classic pea coat or cropped jacket. Another great choice is black rhodium – look for bracelets made from this bold metal and wear them while out on the town.

The fall is a time to experiment with new trends. The military look is about functionality and subtlety, but a few simple jewelry pieces will make it pop. 

Trend Spotting: Mad Men inspired retro-chic.

Are you a Joan, a Peggy of a Betty?
Hand in hand with the resurgence in fedoras is a more wide-reaching trend that is bringing some retro looks back in a serious way. You could just call it the natural cycle of fashion, but I think it has more than a little to do with the best-dressed show in America.

In the fashion world, we’re all positively obsessed with Mad Men. The dresses! The lines! The curves! The colors! Rarely has a television show had such a big impact on fashion as this one. Season 4 just began and I, for one am riding this trend all the way to the 23rd floor, if you know what I mean.

I did a little hunting around and found three great retro-inspired jewelry pieces to go with my pencil skirts without needing an ad exec’s salary to afford them.

The first is this gorgeous and playful amethyst cocktail ring. Royal purple, blue and a hint of mother of pearl are a perfect color pallet for a 1960’s style outfit. It’s fashionable, but demands to be taken seriously. I can see Peggy wearing this one.

Second, the giant swirl on this luscious black pearl ring make it the perfect accessory for sleek evening dress. Mrs. Draper, anyone?

And third, this chunky squares of inky black and bright yellow onyx on this bracelet are sultry and eye catching without saying too much. Perfect for the Joan’s among us. You know who you are. No sense trying to hide it.

Take a look for yourselves and keep trend spotting with Mad Men on Sunday nights.

Fashion Advice From: Baristas

Yes, even coffee has style
Yes, even coffee has style
Baristas. They see us bleary eyed in the morning, or bleary eyed staring into our identical macbooks all afternoon. But rest assured, they see much more than that.

I recently had a chat about fashion with Sal, 31, Barista at Jumpin Java cafe in San Francisco.

Here’s what he had to say:

You see a lot of people come through here, what styles are you loving right now?
Truthfully, style is all in the attitude. I can see two people come in wearing essentially the same things, but one person just owns it. That’s the secret, you just gotta own it. Other than that, bright colors are popping back out as we get closer to spring, and I love that.

Do you get to show off your own style at work, and what would you call it?
I call it the IceBreaker. I tend to refashion a lot of clothes I find in my own way, and that can be a great conversation starter, even early in the morning, before people have had their coffee.

Who have been your fashion Inspirations?
Mostly? Vivanne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Vivianne saw that great punk-rock aesthetic of the 1970’s and took it to the mainstream in a way that was fun and irreverent, but still demanded to be taken seriously. And McQueen was just so inventive. He’d take these traditional patterns and just blow them out and animate them in a way that was so freeing. I’ve learned a lot of the two of them.

What do you think is the best way to incorporate a great piece of jewelry into a fabulous outfit?
Oh honey, when you have a great piece of jewelry, you build your outfit around THAT, not the other way around. Seriously, in my world, jewelry always comes first.

Ok, what kinds of jewelry do you see that are really hot right now?
In a word? Pearls. When I was growing up, pearls were for nice girls and grandmothers, but I’ve really seem them get a total makeover the past while. Particularly colored pearls. These gorgeous young women are coming in with green pearls, pink pearls, purple pearls and totally turning heads. All of a sudden pearls are fun and fresh and funky like they never were before. Who knew?

Repurpose mismatched earrings

Don't despair if you loose a favorite earring!You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize that you’ve lost one half of a favorite pair of earrings? Staring at its (now pointless) other half can be torturous, but if you really loved a pair of earrings, there are a few things that you can do with the one that you still have.

Many jewelers will be able to convert the earring into a pin. Large, flat gemstone earrings and even smaller posts might look adorable pinned to the collar of your favorite coat or jacket. And this way the investment you made in the original pair of earrings isn’t totally lost. Plus, there’s something really cool and vintage about pins.

If you like to wear hair clips, flat earrings can be easily attached to barrettes and pins. Sparkling hair accessories are perfect for a night out and look great with curly hair.

Of course, you could be extremely bold and adventurous and wear – wait for it – mismatched earrings. It sounds a little kooky, but we promise that it looks cool. Especially if the earrings are different enough to make your style seem deliberate.
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Summertime jewelry beats the winter blahs

Turquoise earrings are perfect for the winter. It’s easy to feel a little stuck in the wintertime doldrums after the holiday season is over – especially for those who live in cold climates.

If you need to bring a little sunshine in your life during January and February, we recommend throwing on some summertime jewelry to perk you up. A classic turquoise necklace or a coral pendant will make you feel like you’re on the beach, even if you’re just relaxing on the couch.

The next time you have friends over, crank the heat up a little, take off your shoes and throw on an ankle bracelet. Hanging out barefoot will remind you of warm summer days, and guests will be sure to compliment
you on your cheerful accessory.

If lack of sunlight has you sporting a wintertime parlor, wear jewelry with warm-toned gems or ribbon necklaces to bring a pop of color to your faces.

Of course, if jewelry doesn’t help you beat the blues, no one will blame you for booking off for a little fun in the sun with a luxurious beach vacation.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19536442-ADNFCR

Pile on the bling for a last-minute New Year’s Eve outfit

Diamond rings will add sparkle to any ensemble. If you still don’t know what you’re wearing for New Years Eve, now’s the time to panic. Now just take a deep breath and follow this simple advice.

Here’s what you’re going to do: Wear black and accessorize like there’s no tomorrow.

New Year’s Eve is all about sparkling outfits and glittering jewelry. If you have some bling and a basic black dress, you’re covered. (We promise.)

First, start out by putting on all of the diamonds you own: rings, earrings, and bracelets – whatever. If it has diamonds, put it on. Long pearl necklaces are also perfect, and can work to create a vintage flapper vibe that will cause people to think you worked hard to create.

Another way to look really jazzed-up is to curl your hair and throw on a wide, colorful headband. If you have any sparkling pins, snap them onto the band for some extra bling.

Now that you’re positively radiating light, you can comfortably step out in style and ring in the New Year! (Might we suggest that your New Year’s resolutions include planning ahead of time?)
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