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Beads and Jewelry DIY Tips

Beads are small, decorative objects pierced for threading or stringing and made by crystal, wood, agate, glass, amber and other textures. Beads made in people’s own hands with unusual but wonderful thoughts have developed into one of the most popular hand-made jewelry products in recent years. Children, the young, the middle-aged and the elderly all have hands-on. The business of DIY beads has become another kind of eye-catching fashion and a shortcut to create a career and get rich.

Of course, when you DIY your jewelry, there are surely many things you need to pay attention to. The following are some useful jewelry DIY tips. With them, I believe, you’ll be more convenient and successfully when create your own jewelry.

Tip number one: magical colorless nail polish

After you finish your works, you need to make knots, and then fix them with superglue, but the glue is dry and white. However, you can use colorless nail polish instead, and not having this problem. It is also good anti-oxidant. Spread it on the copper wire and beads’ surfaces which are easily to be faded to prevent discoloration. Paint it on the surface of gold and rose gold jewelry to prevent color changing. Apply it to the surface of diamond beaded jewelry to prevent diamond drilling and make the dry jewelry shiny.

Note: In this process, remember controlling the amount and act quickly to avoid condensation of nail polish. Be careful of not to applying nail polish on the hands and clothes, in order to avoid getting difficult to clean them.

Tip number two: the handling of uneven beads

Small pieces of jewelry like bracelets can be hung to one end and hang a weight on the other, pouring hot water from the top to bottom. It’ll be done with hanging for some time and drying. If the DIY jewelry is in a larger size, giving it a longer drying time and making the water hotter.

Tip number three: how to save crystal

There are a lot of works which have two sides. If you don’t care so much about the inner side, why not use other similar sized beads instead? This saves crystal and also does not affect the appearance.

4 Tips to Make Buying Diamond Jewelry Easier

Buying fine jewelry, such as a diamond ring is expensive and can be a bit scary too. You want the very best that your money can buy, but where do you go for advice? How can you make the whole process as pain free as possible without feeling as though you are being ripped off? To help you, here are some top tips to make buying fine jewelry easier.

Know the Purity

All gold is not the same. Absolutely pure gold is called 24 karat (24K, 24ct). However, because gold is such a soft metal, it cannot be used in pure form or else any gemstones set into it would fall out. It is therefore mixed with different alloy metals to make it harder. The more alloy is added the less pure the resultant gold is. 18K gold is 75% pure and is one of the commonest fine metal grades found in the Western world. 14K, 10K and 9ct gold (available in the UK) each contain lower amounts of pure gold. The higher the number of karats, the better (more pure) the gold is.

Remember the 4Cs

Biggest is NOT necessarily best in the case of diamonds. Diamonds are graded according to cut (the shape of the finished diamond), clarity (the type and extent of internal flaws, if any), color, and carat weight. The best diamonds have high clarity with very few inclusions (flaws), good color and have a good cut. The actual shape a diamond is cut into depends upon the characteristics of the raw diamond. There is no one cut that is better than any cut other overall. However, each diamond is individually suited to one particular cut to bring out its best fire. If two diamonds are identical in clarity, color and both have a good cut, then the bigger diamond will be the more expensive.

Keep it Real

These days the precious gemstones, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds can be created in a laboratory. Whilst these “created” crystals might be chemically similar to the real, mined crystals, they are considerably less desirable, and very much cheaper than the real thing. Even though some created diamonds are now so good that they can only be distinguished from the real thing by a trained jeweller, do not be tempted. And NEVER buy created stones for an engagement ring. Diamond engagement rings are supposed to last for life. No woman wants her engagement ring to consist of “fake” diamonds. Always buy the real thing.

Always Buy Fine Jewelry at the Absolute Top of your Budget

Set yourself a realistic budget – not too low. As a rule I always set a budget I know I can afford – and then double it. Remember you are buying a future heirloom. Fine diamond jewelry will be worn and enjoyed for several lifetimes. If you cannot afford to buy something you will be happy wearing for a lifetime, wait until you can.

Jewelry Care Tips

The majority of the time if we can afford to we are going to own at least one piece of dear jewelry and it is important to take care of your precious piece of jewelry, if it is a diamond necklace or two earrings. If you own a bit of Swarovski jewelry then simple cleaning tips for Swarovski jewelry are the same as what is outlined below. Even if you don’t own a diamond necklace but have polymer clay jewelry, it remains important to look after it so that it will last you a lifetime and you can pass it on to your children.

We are fascinated with the beauty of our jewelries, and actually we even see ourselves more stunning wearing those sparkling and eye-captivating stones on our body. Whether valuable or semi-precious jewelries we know that the better the jewelry is looked after the longer it’ll last and will keep its original shine. Having done some intensive research, here are some of the finest jewelry care tips I gathered :

Do not spoil jewelry on clothing. Do not wear your jewelry before dressing, and remove it first before taking off your clothes. There are some pointed or edgy areas on the jewelry that can destroy both your jewelry and your clothes.

Keep a sterling-silver polishing cloth handy for a quick wipe before wearing your jewelry. This can help you clean and shine your jewelry in a moment. This type of lint free material is available in most jewelry shops and discount stores.

Do not wear you jewelry if you’re intending to go for a swim in a swimming pool, spa or any other water that will contain chemicals, or use it around household chemicals that we customarily use for daily cleaning, they contain substances that will easily oxidize jewelries. Chemicals that are included in some perfumes, hair and body sprays, and even body lotion could be a cause of discoloring too.

Store jewelry made from silver and other metals that are susceptible to tainting in an air-tight or zip-lock plastic bag. This low tech methodology of storing your jewelry will keep them looking as new, for a long time. Don’t store pearl jewelry in sealed bags!

Most jewelry can be cleaned with a soft cloth and mild detergent added to water if needed, rinse with clear water and dry with a soft material. Test an inconspicuous area for color fastness before cleaning the whole piece.