The simple rule of thumb is to clean a piece of jewelry according to the limitations of its most fragile component. For example, it your earrings contain both pearls and sapphires, you should look for instructions on how to clean pearls. (In this case, use warm water and mild soap. Rinse and dry the piece thoroughly.)
It's a good idea to take your rings off when doing rough work. Even though diamonds are durable, they can be chipped by a hard blow. Perspiration and dirt can cause your jewelry to dull.
Bring your diamond jewelry to your jeweler a least twice a year to have them check your ring and other precious pieces for loose prongs and wear of mountings.
When you are not wearing your jewelry, put it in a fabric-lined jewelry case with dividers so they won't come on contact with each other (avoiding the possibility of scratching your jewelry).
Don't expose your jewelry to salt water or harsh chemicals, like chlorine bleach.
Don't wear your sterling silver jewelry in chlorine water.
The use of hair spray, make-up, hand lotions and perfumes can cause jewelry to dull. Put your jewelry on after you have used any of these to prolong their luster.
Store your silver in a cool, dry place, preferably in a tarnish preventative bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth.
It is a good idea to bring your pearls in to your jewelry at least once a year to have them restrung. Normal wear tends to weaken and stretch the threads on which pearls are strung.
When you have your pearls restrung, make sure they are knotted between each pearl. This will prevent the loss of pearls if the string should break.
Don't wear your watch while swimming, bathing or doing, hot, strenuous work unless the degree of water-resistance was clearly specified when you purchased the watch.
Replace broken or scratched watch crystals promptly. Even the smallest crack can let in dust or moisture that can threaten its accuracy.
Pearls, coral and porous stones such as opal, turquoise and malachite should be kept away from oils, chemical and dirty water to avoid discoloration. Wipe them gently with a soft, damp cloth.
Ultrasonic cleaners should not be used with stones subject to internal stress -- tanzanite, opal, emerald, organic gems (pearl, coral and amber), turquoise, lapis, malachite and any stone containing major inclusions. Use warm water and mild soap, rinse and dry thoroughly.
Opal, pearls, coral, amber, turquoise are heat sensitive (both to extremes and sudden changes in temperatures). Do not leave them sitting in hot sunlight, near radiators, or in hot cars.
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1. Avoid wearing your jewelry especially white gold in a chlorine pool or a hot tub. The chemicals may slowly erode the finish, weaken the prongs, and discolor the gold or sterling silver.
2. Use ? water and ? ammonia to clean diamonds and some colored stones. Dip the jewelry into this solution and use a soft brush to clean under the prongs. DO NOT clean the following stones in this solution: Turquoise, opal, emeralds, tanzanite, pearls, amber, coral and ivory, shell cameos, lapis, bone, horn, any assembled stone
3. Store your jewelry in separate soft boxes or plastic bags to avoid scratching the finishes.
4. Platinum is an extremely durable precious metal. It is resistant to tarnishing and discoloration due to chlorine and other chemicals but needs to be cleaned like gold jewelry.
5. Clean silver jewelry with a non-detergent soap and water, using a small, soft brush to clean under the stones. To remove tarnish, try a polishing cloth. They are charged with a cleaning compound just for silver.
6. Hair spray, perfume and perspiration can weaken the silk thread that pearls are strung on. The corrosive effects can damage pearl luster.
7. Should your pearl strand break, the knots in between each pearl will prevent the loss of any pearl. Knots separate pearls to prevent them from rubbing against each other.
8. Clean pearls only with a non-detergent soap, rinse and pat dry.
9. Place a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up, on the bottom of a glass bowl or glass pan. Fill the container with a solution of boiling water and three teaspoons of baking soda. To remove tarnish, soak any sterling silver and good quality silver plate (the finish on cheap silver plate will bubble if it's soaked).
Choosing Barstool & Table Height: Buying Proportional and Comfortable Bar Furniture
Whether you are setting up a home bar, casual dining set, or are looking for seating for a countertop, the stools that you choose will become one of your most important home furnishings. To help you purchase the stools that meet your needs, we have compiled this guide to explain how to decide the stools that work best for you. NOTE: Heights for stool seats are measured differently by each manufacturer. Since there is no industry standard, take the following helpful tips as a general guide that may not apply to your specific product.
First Things First...Measure Your Existing Counter or Table
In order to determine what type of barstool or counterstool you need, measure the table or counter that they are intended to be used with. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the table. It is recommended to have a 10-12 inch difference between your table top and seat (Ex: a 42" table top works best with a 30" stool.) It is also important to measure the overhang of the table. Tables with a wide overhang may need a certain height stool. For example, it might seem best to purchase a 32" stool for a 42" table, but if there was an overhang of 6", it might be more comfortable to use a 30" stool instead. Once you have these measurements, you are ready to decide what height or type of stool you need.
Get To Know the Bar Stool Lingo
Chairs and bar stools, like other furniture, have industry-specific terms that you'll often see when browsing our site. Knowing what types of stools will match your table or counter height is important before purchasing the perfect product:
Dining Height: Dining Tables are typically around 28"-30" high. Therefore, the dining chairs that match these tables usually have a seat that is 16"-18" high. However, you can also use shorter backless or swivel stools that measure 18" high.
Counter Height: Counter Height Tables are typically around 35"-36" high. Therefore, the counter stools that match these tables are usually in the 24-26" Range. Counter Height furniture is typically used in casual dining setups, pub sets, and home kitchen islands.
Bar Height: Bar Height Tables are typically around 40"-42" in height. Correspondingly, the bar stools are in the 28"-30" range. Bar Height furniture is most commonly used with home bars but can also be found in some pub sets and counter set ups.
Extra-Tall or "Spectator" Height: Extra-Tall tables and bars are typically around 45"-48" high. Therefore, the tall barstools that match these tables are usually in the 32-34" Range. Spectator Height furniture is typically used in commercial settings such as bowling alleys, pool halls, restaurants, and home bars.
Custom Barstools: Furniture Made Your Way
Not every bar and counter will fall within these mentioned standard height ranges, and your own comfort and preferences may not match these previous examples. Luckily, there are options. We carry a number of custom height barstools with a seat heights ranging from 24" to 30" and every measurement in between. We also carry chairs and small stools with a seat height as low as 18"-23" for lower tables. Remember the recommended distance is 10-12 inches from the top of the table to the seat height. Every person is different and therefore what works best will be different. It is important to think about what will meet your individual needs. A taller person may feel more comfortable with a bar height set. A smaller person may select a 32" stool for a 42" bar. The most important thing that you can do before making your purchase is to measure out the sizes of what you would be getting and make sure that it works for you.
Selecting the Perfect Number of Barstools
The last question many people ask is how many stools are enough? Knowing how much room to give each stool is important to creating the perfect bar or table environment. Here are some tips of the trade to allow for enough room in between stools:
Stools ~16"-18" wide: allow for 21"-22" of space
Stools ~19"-22" wide: allow for 24"-25" of space
Swivel Stools or Stools with Arms: allow for even more space
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