Silver in its pure form is too soft for jewelry or any other use. Although objects identified as silver, sterling silver, solid silver or sterling has to contain 92.5 percent pure silver according to federal standards, the small amount of other metal helps make the alloy strong enough to use. Usually sterling silver contains copper for strength. Unfortunately, the copper is what causes sterling silver jewelry to tarnish requiring the right kind of care and cleaning.
Storing Sterling Silver Jewelry
Specially treated bags and cloths are available for the storing of sterling silver jewelry to prevent tarnishing while in grandmothers jewelry box. Other products like jewelry boxes are also available to keep the jewelry from making contact with air which reacts to the copper content and causes the discoloration. Sterling silver jewelry that is worn frequently will resist tarnish if it is rinsed and dried regularly. Careful storage is most necessary for pieces that are rarely worn. Frequent wearing will also develop a patina that will give an aged but not tarnished look. If you like this patina, be careful with the sterling silver jewelry that is developing it since cleaning will remove it.
Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry
Many products are available to clean sterling silver. The most important aspect to look for is non-abrasive cleaner. Always avoid anything that will scratch your jewelry. Also avoid letting your sterling silver jewelry make contact with a metal sink as it can cause scratching. If you are using a polish, make sure it hasn’t dried up since it will become abrasive.
Tarnish is easiest to remove when it is just starting. The longer it tarnishes, the darker it becomes and the more difficult it is to remove. Some products offer protection from tarnishing. This is a good idea unless, as before, it might be abrasive.
Old sterling silver jewelry may show a purplish color even after cleaning. This is called firestain and occurs because of processes no longer used to make sterling silver. If it shows up, don’t try to remove it. Firestain is a part of the piece and cannot be removed. Trying to clean it away can damage your sterling silver jewelry.
Fine sterling silver jewelry is an investment that can become an heirloom. If you take care to store it properly and clean it, when needed, according to directions you will be doing your best to protect your beautiful investment.
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Cubic zirconia can be made into any style of jewelry imaginable. One of the styles you might not have considered is the Victorian antique style of jewelry. Victorian style antique jewelry can be purchased with a cubic zirconia instead of a diamond.
In Great Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria came the Victorian jewelry period. It started in 1836 and ran through 1901. The designs of the Victorian era were spurred by the Queen’s love for her husband and children. The designs mirrored a romantic, sentimental outlook. The inspired theme of the designs came from flowers, bows, hearts, birds, and human hair.
All of these were incorporated into the designs of the jewelry. Some of the most popular gemstones used during this time era were the garnet, opal, amethysts, and seed pearls. Opals were the favorite of Queen Victoria, making opals a very popular gemstone. After diamonds were discovered in 1837 in South Africa, they were used in jewelry and became increasingly popular. The jewelry was to be given to show love and was worn during times of mourning as a symbol of love.
Jewelry from the Art Deco jewelry period has been made using cubic zirconia instead of diamonds with great success. The Art Deco jewelry period began in 1920 and lasted until 1935. During this time period dazzling jewelry was produced which was so markedly different to the jewelry produced during earlier time periods. In difference from the soft colors and the flowing lines of the jewelry came very bold, deep, and brilliant colors. The lines no longer were flowing, instead were very even, straight lines. This was the time era of the flappers and jazz.
Egyptian had a very strong influence making the sphinx and falcon very popular. With the concentration of balance and harmony in the jewelry, gemstones were cut using geometrical cuts to blend. Women had started wearing their hair short and very straight. Popular jewelry consisted of long earring, long strings of pearls or beads, cocktail rings and diamond watches. The most popular gems of the time were emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Diamonds were still the gems for wedding and engagement rings.
Cubic zirconia has also been successful in recreating jewelry from the Retro Jewelry Period, also. The Retro jewelry period started in 1935 and ran through 1950, which was during the years of the Great Depression. The characteristics of the Retro jewelry period are large vivid colored gemstones in large rectangular cuts.
The synthetic gemstones of ruby and sapphires were some of the popular stones of the time era. With platinum not being available, yellow gold was the metal used in most of the jewelry of the day. Jewelry designers created jewelry pieces with multiple colors and with combinations of rose, yellow and green gold. The fashion piece of the time period was the charm bracelet. They were worn with multiple charms attached to a link bracelet.
The elaborate settings of the engagement ring gave the illusion of a larger diamond. The price was affordable enough to be chosen by the thrifty women of the 1930s. Some of these same types of settings are still popular today.
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