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    Omani Tips on how to care for your jewelry.

    Omani Tips on how to care for your jewelry.

    Omani Tips on how to care for your jewelry.

    It’s always best to take good care of your jewelry, but despite our best efforts, sometimes our jewelry loses its luster and needs a good cleaning to bring it back to life.

    Start by polishing jewelry with the interior layer of cloth.
    It is specially treated to polish your jewelry and enhance shine. Avoid over-polishing as it can remove details and potentially cause your jewelry to lose designed oxidation and patina on bronze.

    Then use the outside layer of cloth to wipe/buff the jewelry.
    Buff your jewelry using the outside layer to remove any remaining dirt or tarnish and give your jewelry a clean, shiny finish.

    For best results: Store in a sealed plastic bag and follow directions above. Do not wash. Keep this cloth away from flames.

    Regular Cleaning

    Sterling silver is a soft metal, so it can be easily scratched. When handling and cleaning your jewelry, you’ll need to take special care not to use anything too rough that will leave scratch marks.

    Use a jewelry cleaning cloth or a cloth made of 100 percent cotton to gently remove residual make up and dirt. A clean brush no stiffer than a soft baby’s toothbrush can also be used, especially in conjunction with a few drops of mild dish liquid in ½ cup of warm water.

    Another quick and easy way to clean your sterling silver jewelry is to submerge it in boiling water with baking soda and aluminum foil. Use a container in which your jewelry fits with enough room to be stirred. Start with a tablespoon of baking soda and a few half inch squares of foil. Add the boiling water and stir with a plastic or wooden utensil. If you notice a smell similar to rotten eggs, then it’s working. Make sure that the foil touches all parts of your jewelry so that the tarnish will adhere to it and not your jewelry. Once your jewelry is shiny again, rinse it with clean, cool water.

    You can use commercial jewelry cleaners or wipes to remove tarnish from your sterling silver or silver plated jewelry.  But there is an easier way!  And it uses common materials to reverse the chemical reaction that made your silver tarnish in the first place.

    Do It Yourself

    1. Line the bottom of a dish or bowl with aluminum foil.
    2. Bring water to a roaring boil (it should be enough to fill that bowl or dish).
    3. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water. Expect that the solution may bubble and froth a bit.
    4. Place the piece of silver jewelry in the dish, making sure it's touching the aluminum foil. This is essential for the chemical reaction to occur.
    5. Pour the solution of baking soda and boiling water into dish.
    6. Let sit for two to 10 minutes, depending on the level of tarnish.
    7. Allow it to dry ... and be amazed!

    If you're in shock and wondering how it works, here's the deal: It's actually reversing the chemical reaction that made your silver tarnish in the first place.

    Why are gemstones so precious?

    Why are gemstones so precious?
    What makes one type of mineral more valuable, and why are gemstones so precious? Firstly, we need to state that the term "gemstone" in the strict geological science sense is used to define a mineral crystal. A mineral has to be a solid chemical compound, with a crystal lattice structure. Gemstones can be either natural or synthetic, and to be considered as precious, they have to be exceedingly rare. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are precious stones. 

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    Omani Jewelry's Favorite Artisan Techniques

    Omani Jewelry's Favorite Artisan Techniques
    Omani Jewelry works with a lot of Israeli artisans that utilize a bevy of jewelry making techniques to create unique and fantastic designs. On this week's post, we would like to share some of our knowledge straight from artisans and lapidarists- a person that works with gems and stones, on what processes they use, and how some of your favorite designs are created.

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    The History of Jewelry

    The History of Jewelry
    Believe it or not, jewelry is our first and oldest form of self-expression. Beads carved from shells, made by early humans from 90,000 years ago were found around Skhul Cave on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel and in Oued Djebbana, Algeria. Paleontologists believe that our ancestors reserved jewelry for special occasions, and the privilege to wear them is only accorded to people that had a special function in society. Prehistoric jewelry were made with rare and beautiful materials such as gems like chlorite; a greenish type of stone, or bones from prized hunted animals, and then much later, with metal. These ancient jewelry are excellent findings for archaeologists and anthropologists as it gives us great insight on how early humans formed their society. The materials they worked with, along with the techniques they use, show their skill and craftsmanship, and the designs in their jewelry are evocative of what their culture was like.

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