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As durable as gemstones are, they require proper care and cleaning. Here are a few tips taken from the International Colored Gemstone Association to make sure they last for generations and look as beautiful as the day they became yours.
First of all, keep them clean! Rings in particular tend to collect dust and soap behind the stone, particularly if you wear them all the time. To clean transparent crystalline gemstones, simply soak them in water with a touch of gentle soap. If necessary, use a soft toothbrush to scrub behind the stone.
Even the hardest gemstone variety can be vulnerable to breakage if it has inclusions that weaken the crystal structure. If you have a ring set with a softer gem variety or an included stone, take it off before strenuous exercise.
Diamonds are very hard but can shatter in two with a single well placed blow. Rubies and sapphires are the toughest gems but even they can chip if hit sharply.
"Think twice before putting gems in an ultrasonic cleaner. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires should be fine but many other gems may not be, so when in doubt, leave it out. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and other single-crystal gems can be cleaned with a touch of ammonia in water to remove all film and add extra sparkle.
Opaque gemstones like lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, require special care. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner and never use ammonia or any chemical solution. These gem materials should just be wiped clean gently with a moist cloth. These gemstones can be porous and may absorb chemicals, even soap, and they may build up inside the stone and discolor it.
The reason why these materials need more care than transparent gemstones is that these materials are essentially rocks, not crystals of a single mineral. For example, when you put a rock in water, it absorbs the water and is moist all the way through. A single crystal gem like sapphire will not absorb water since all the molecules are lined up so tightly in the crystal that there is no room for water to enter.
Opals also require special care. Never use an ultrasonic, never use ammonia, and avoid heat and strong light which can dry out the water in opals.
Organic gems like pearls, coral, and amber should only be wiped clean with a moist cloth. Due to their organic nature, these gems are both soft and porous. Be careful about chemicals in hairspray, cosmetics, or perfume: they can, over time, damage pearls in particular.
Store each piece of gemstone jewelry separately so that harder stones don't scratch softer ones. Almost every gemstone is much harder than the metal it is set in. Gems can scratch the finish on your gold, silver or platinum if you throw your jewelry in a heap in a drawer or jewelry box."
Resa Wilkinson Jewelry includes soft jewelry sleeves for your rings so you can store them safely.
Mothers hold a special place in our heart and we are a reflection of her influence on our lives and who we are. I can only speak for my mother who I hold so dear to my heart and admire. She is strong, smart, funny and easy to love. She raised five children and taught us all to love and respect one another. It is because of her that I love nature, music and art. Her mother used to sit with us at a very early age and teach us how to paint and create beautiful art from our surroundings. My love goes out to my very special mother and grandmothers who showed us to be fair and considerate of others as well as using our God given talents to the best of our ability.
Feedback is important for the sake of knowing how customers feel about their purchase and the seller. Below are a few of the many positive feedback comments from previous customers who have purchased from Resa. Names are withheld for privacy purposes.
Tiger eye necklace set. Item is beautifully crafted, and seller is an absolute gem, especially with holiday delivery looming! Will definitely buy again. Thanks so much!
Sleeping Beauty Necklace Set. Absolutely gorgeous! Hubby gave this to me for Christmas. I love it!!! it is dainty yet sturdy. Workmanship is first rate. It was shipped quickly and beautifully packaged. The beads are beautifully matched and practically flawless. A++++. :)
Large Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace Silk Knotted. Thank you so much I love them! Merry Christmas.
Two Carat White Topaz Wedding Ring. Beautiful piece that sits wonderfully on my fiancee's hand so perfectly. Thank you so much!
Custom Carnelian Ring. Thank you for your patience and the care you've given to my awesome ring. Great service and highly recommended pieces of art. Thank you again!
Amethyst and Chalcedony Necklace Set. I love the subtle green and the deep purple color of the necklace which is very well made. I find the necklace looks even more beautiful in its presence than the photo.
Fire Citrine Necklace. I am amazed by the beautiful color, clarity and the story of this fire citrine necklace which stimulates my imagination. I'll enjoy wearing this for long dialogueing with the stone. Thank you so much.
I am happy to announce that I now know about pointing my DNS Domain files to my new web hosting company by changing the A record in the files where my domain rests. Confusing, but necessary to create a beautiful website to be found by all.
Now the fun begins by adding new products to my site and launching more wedding jewelry as well. One of a kind designs are a favorite of mine to create and I will be adding those as well.
So stay tuned and visit often as resawilkinson.com grows into a beautiful jewelry experience. Thank you for visiting my shop.
Welcome to my new site, www.resawilkinson.com, previously www.resaartdesign.com. I am very excited about my new website and hope to add more products each day as we build a wonderful and pleasing jewelry online shop. Resa Wilkinson jewelry is becoming internationally known with sales to Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Dubai and many other countries.