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Body Jewelry

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The word jewelry is originated from the word “jewel.” Further tracing leads the origin of “jewelry” from the Latin word “jocale,” which means plaything. Body jewelry in literal terms consists of ornamental jewelry worn by people to show rank or wealth, or as fashion trend. It is typically made of gems like diamonds, solitaire, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and precious metals like gold, silver, or platinum. Costume jewelry, on the other hand, is made up of less valuable metals like glass, wood, ivory and plastic.

Though your ears, fingers, wrists and neck are, undeniably, all parts of your body and the jewelry worn on them should also be considered as body jewelry, the term is usually applied to that jewelry which is worn in the nose, on the toe, lips, belly, navel, tongue and also nipples. Sounds painful? A pierced lip, eyebrow, navel and nipple may not be your idea of comfort, but who said fashion was about comfort? Fashion is about looking exotic, be it at the cost of comfort. This fashion accessory may give you some amount of pain, but the pleasure it provides later is worth the little pain that you have endured. So, this season, try the all-new exotic look for yourself by sporting a few body jewelry pieces.

With body jewelry gaining so much popularity, there are sellers specializing in all forms of body jewelry. If you are wondering where to get your nose pierced before you buy a stud, look no further because the sellers of body jewelry not only have varieties of body piercing jewelry, they also supply instructions as to how to insert your body jewelry and how to take care of your piercing after insertion. The body piercing jewelry is sterilized and sealed in pouches to keep them contamination free. You can choose from an extensive collection of belly-button rings, eyebrow rings, nose studs, ear jewelry, toe rings (they look especially great with open toed shoes), nipple rings and many other forms of body jewelry. You may choose designs in stainless steel, sterling silver, gold and titanium and even in natural materials such as Chinese bone, jade and ivory.

Guides For Keeping Antique Jewelry And Metals

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Jewelry and other metals are important parts of most antique collections. Most of them can be found at an auction or store window, while others can be inherited from generation to generation as family heirlooms. So it is significant to care for antique jewelry and metals. Keeping these significant antique items bright is easy thanks to the following proper care techniques.

Gold is one of the most common type of metal found in antique jewelry. A karat rating is used to determine the true gold count in a piece, which also affects its softness or hardness. Although softer gold tarnishes the easiest, both types are prone to scratches. Abrasive cleaners should never be used to polish gold, especially if it contains gems or stones of any kind. For at-home cleaning, using a baby toothbrush dipped in warm, soapy water is ideal.

Silver should be kept in a cool, dark location and wrapped in acid-free paper for long-term storage. Jewelry that is silver-plated is less durable and great care should be taken not to remove the finish when cleaning. Silver should only be polished with a soft cloth, which should remove tarnish and add shine. It should never be soaked in water. For stubborn marks, professional jewelry cleaning is always an option for any type of jewelry.

Throughout the years, many design techniques have been used on silver antiques. Embossing creates raised details, such as flowers or patterns, by pushing the shape out from the inside. Piercing, a method of producing parallel lines, originated in the 18th Century, while engraving requires the removal of silver pieces to create a detailed effect.

If the jewelry contains precious stones, the casings should be treated with extra care. In antique pieces, the casings sometimes weaken over time and the slightest movement can release a stone and significantly diminish the value of a piece.

Many antiques are made of pewter, which is composed mostly of tin. In earlier times, only the rich owned pewter pieces, although lead was usually added as a component. While pewter provides a unique, silver-type finish, it is susceptible to stains from certain foods and cannot be used at high temperatures.

Pewter requires little cleaning, since it doesn’t tarnish. Depending on the finish of a particular piece, various polishing techniques are used. The shiny finish of polished pewter only needs to be cleaned once or twice per year, using a soft-cloth and commercial polish. Satin pewter contains a duller finish and can be cleaned with soap and warm water, as can the dark finish of oxidized pewter.

Applying guides above to keep and maintain your antique jewelry and metals, your antique items of metals are surely bright and beautiful like the new jewelry all the time.