So Many Different Kinds of Pearls!
Just in time for June Birthday gifting!
What is an akoya pearl?
I have been reading up on akoya vs. freshwater pearls because I LOVE pearls and I wanted to find out about all these different types of pearls. Bottom line? Akoyas are saltwater and are grown in Japan. Freshwater pearls are from China and are grown in fresh water! Oh, yes, one more thing, freshwater pearls are WAY more affordable than akoyas and, besides that, they are beautiful! For my money? It's freshwater pearls, all the way! Read more about freshwater pearls here.
So Many Different Kinds of Pearls!
Freshwater pearls, which come from rivers and lakes in China, are the most popular of all types of pearls. Although they come in a huge range of colors, I work almost exclusively with white or cream pearls; these more natural pearl colors have been so popular, especially when paired with sterling silver! A classic combination! Click HERE to see all the freshwater pearl jewelry!
There are so many different types of bracelets! I'll talk about 2 types here with more to follow on another day.
I'm so excited to announce that my handcrafted jewelry is featured this month at the wonderful Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery in Lafayette, Louisiana! There is a pretty complete collection of long silver necklaces, chain bracelets and long drop earrings so go check it out if you are in the area anytime during May!
New bold earrings - familiar design, new larger format!
I'll be you have heard that big, bold earrings are "in" right now and for the foreseeable future! Bold earrings are a great accent for denim and can be the focal point of the "no makeup" make up look!
These statement earrings are also wonderful if you dress simply - they will create an instant sense of your personality!
These earrings come in two smaller sizes (medium size handmade silver earrings and this small silver earring design). This design was just begging for a new larger size and this is it!
BONUS tip for tarnish removal: DON'T store your silver link chain jewelry in your bathroom or kitchen - too much moisture!
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If it didn't get as clean as you want, move the jewelry around, press it down a little bit, pour more boiling water and add more soda. Repeat as necessary!
If you need to remove tarnish from silver (more than just a few pieces), do this process in batches.
Kind of like magic but, really, I guess it's chemistry?
Click on these links to see the other tips about tarnish removal from silver: Tip #1, Tip #2, Tip #3
Now, girl, go clean that tarnish from your silver jewelry!
Tip #3 to remove tarnish from sterling silver - jewelry, flatware, teapot, you name it. This method will answer your questions about how to remove tarnish from silver!
(If you want to see Tip #1 to remove tarnish from silver, click HERE. To see Tip #3 for tarnish removal from silver, click HERE.)
It's not very exciting or dramatic but it might be surprising that you can clean tarnished silver with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Who knew??
Simple make a paste with toothpaste and water, scrub your silver gently with the toothbrush dipped in the paste and, just like that, you can remove tarnish from sterling silver jewelry or anything else made of sterling silver!
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Removal of Tarnish on Silver - Another Way
We talked about preventing tarnish on sterling silver by keeping it in a ziplock bag, away from damp conditions (so, storing your silver jewelry in your bathroom is not a great idea), and using a desiccant pack. Go here if you would like to see the details!
Here is an idea for removing tarnish as it builds up, especially when you want to preserve the beautiful patina that builds up over time on silver.
Try this: use a little bit of baking soda and water to make a wet paste. Using a soft toothbrush, dip it in the paste and scrub your sterling silver piece gently. Voila! Tarnish gone.
More ideas to come! Meanwhile, enjoy your sterling silver jewelry!
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!