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Is White Gold Really Gold?

Is White Gold Really Gold?

Gold comes out of the ground yellow, so how is white gold white? Is it really gold? We answer these questions and more in this week's informational blog post!

Carl Gallagher from Shameless' Necklace

If you're a fan or not, there's no doubt that Shameless is a popular and compelling show. That being said, one of our employees was watching Season 6 just yesterday and noticed one of our necklaces looks IDENTICAL to the rope chain necklace worn by Carl Gallagher in Shameless!!

 
Carl wears a long, and wide, rope chain yellow gold rope chain necklace in Season 6.

Carl wears a long, and wide, rope chain yellow gold rope chain necklace in Season 6.

Our rope chain. Also long and wide like Carl's. (Click on image to view in our store)

Our rope chain. Also long and wide like Carl's. (Click on image to view in our store)

Now it's not the same necklace, but it looks too similar not to post the observation!

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This post, in no way, endorses the show Shameless, or any person or activity depicted in the show. 

DANGER! Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners

ULTRASONIC JEWELRY CLEANERS GET A BAD RAP.

If you search "how to clean jewelry at home" almost all of the results caution against sonic cleaners, and they good reason too, but they're not as dangerous to your jewelry as most people think if you're careful.

POSITIVES

  • Ultrasonic cleaners do the scrubbing for you without any scrubbing.
  • They clean in extremely or impossible to reach places.
  • They're inexpensive. You can get one on Amazon for around $40.
  • Modern at-home sonic cleaners are compact, quiet, and easy to use. 
  • They can clean more than just jewelry like: eyeglasses, collectibles, dentures, utensils, razor blades, etc..
  • Simple to operate - just add water, jewelry-safe solution and go!

NEGATIVES

  • Used improperly they can damage jewelry.
  • Some of the bigger commercial units can cost a pretty penny. 
  • They do omit a soft "buzzing" noise when cleaning that some people don't like.
  • Microscopic vibrations can over time loosen the stones in your jewelry. This is easily counteracted by occasionally having your jewelry inspect your pieces. 

POSITIVES WIN.

Why pay for a beautiful D colored stone just to not clean it and have it look like a J?!?

It's pretty easy to see the positives of having an ultrasonic cleaner at home outweigh the negatives. We highly recommend them to all of our customers.

jewelry cleaning caution

Use common sense when cleaning your jewelry with an ultrasonic cleaner. 

  • Don't put fragile stones in one (we wrote an article about fragile stones here). 
  • Don't submerse your watch heads in them, just clean the bands. Yes, we know your watch is rated for 300m underwater, but it's just a good idea not to test while sitting in a super vibrating bath.
  • Don't use any cleaners or solutions in the ultrasonic that are not designed and labeled for that purpose. 

Stick to those simple guidelines and your jewelry should come out of the cleaner good as new!

 

 

Jewelry Cleaning Myths

cleaning jewelry myths

MYTHS ABOUT CLEANING YOUR JEWELRY AT HOME

Are rampant and can really scare some people from keeping their jewelry looking brand new. Horror stories of well-meaning people "ruining" their expensive items abound, but it shouldn't be scary. Over the next couple of days we'll be going over some of the myths behind cleaning your own jewelry, some tips and tricks to get the job done yourself, and a few product recommendations that we use in store on a daily basis. 

MYTHS

TOOTHPASTE

"Toothpaste is a create medium to clean jewelry with." This is a very common myth that we hear often at the store and initially it makes sense - toothpaste cleans dirty things - but what people forget is that toothpaste is also a mild abrasive. It's often recommended to as an alternative to wet sanding something. Toothpaste and gold actually have an almost identical hardness rating meaning toothpaste can scratch your jewelry. 

Speaking of hardness ratings, most gemstones like emerald and tanzanite have hardness ratings a few degrees down from diamonds meaning toothpaste could cause abrasive marks to appear on your stones with regular toothpaste cleanings. Pearls and opals are so soft they should never come in contact with jewelry cleaner or toothpaste. 

If you're cleaning a loose diamond or sapphire toothpaste is an acceptable cleaner. Other than that, stay away from it.

CHLORINE & BLEACH

Bleach falls into this category too. It can touch your skin without causing harm so it's got to be safe for a super hard stone right? Not quite. Chlorine and bleach both are very caustic and easily have the ability to start breaking down the metal alloys in your jewelry causing pitting in the gold. Silver actually can change color completely when it comes in to heavy contact with either. 

Chlorine and bleach will not harm your diamond but it should be avoided if possible. Swimming occasionally in a diluted chlorine pool won't have an effect but definitely store your jewelry somewhere safe if you're an avid swimmer and again, keep all semi-precious or soft stones away completely from either compound. 

HOT OR BOILING WATER

This is another one that makes sense at first thought - the best water to clean something with is usually hot, soapy water. That's true for most things but not for jewelry with semi-precious or soft stones. 

Unless the jewelry you're cleaning is strictly precious metal, diamonds and/or sapphire, avoid hot or boiling water. 

BOTTOM LINE

Your very best bet to clean your jewelry is to take it to a professional jeweler or the place you bought if from. They know the ins and outs of your piece and will be able to identify soft or semi-precious stones that need special treatment or cleaning. 

If you heart is set on DIY Jewelry Cleaning we'll be publishing another post here soon on how to clean your jewelry yourself at home!