Saturday, 31 July 2021

The Best Tips on Cleaning Jewelry and how to store Jewelry

Hi There..... Would you like some tips on cleaning jewelry and how to store jewelry?

Since jewelry is an important part of fashion, I thought you might be interested. After all, cleaning jewelry and knowing how to store jewelry is very important to make those stunning pieces last longer. 😃

I used to make lots of beadwork jewelry myself but had to close my Etsy shop because it wasn't profitable enough. At the moment, I am more into knitting and some occasional sewing if my body feels like it. 😏

My first cardigan isn't done yet, and I am already working on another. Ah, yes, why would you finish something if you already have wool for the next one? 😁

No, I couldn't finish the first one because I didn't have enough wool. Now I am waiting for some other wool I ordered already to come back into stock so that I don't have to drive to the shop twice. Yes, I can think clearly still at my age. I just turned 58 yesterday, way too close to 60, if you ask me. 😱

The thought of that makes my hair stand on end, so let's talk about other things like cleaning jewelry, for instance. I've had some help from Irina Kharina, the owner of Tsarina Gems, who is an expert in this field. 😊



Without regular cleaning, diamonds and gemstones in your jewelry can start looking dull and less lively. But that's easy to fix! Warm water and a few drops of dish soap or hand soap is the safest way to clean your jewelry. 😉

Reserve a soft, clean toothbrush specifically for cleaning your jewelry. Do not use an electric toothbrush! Avoid toothpaste. It is too abrasive and hardens like glue under gemstones, making it very difficult to remove. 😧

Here are the 5 steps for cleaning jewelry

1. Take a bowl, fill it up with warm water and add a couple of drops of soap.
2. Place one piece of jewelry in the bowl and leave to soak for a couple of minutes.
3. Scrub gently with a toothbrush.
4. Rinse.
5. Pat dry with a lint-free cloth. I don't recommend using paper towels, they can scratch the metal.



Pro Tip: Avoid cleaning your jewelry anywhere close to an open drain. Irina has heard some very unfortunate stories involving rings flying down the sink and into the drain!

Dish soap is the best option for cleaning jewelry. However, if you decide to invest in a jewelry cleaning solution, visit your local jeweler for advice and purchase the correct product for your specific jewelry needs. They don't make all jewelry cleaners equal. With such a vast variety of jewelry cleaners available, you do not want to cause more harm than good. Follow instructions carefully!



Pearl Jewelry

Pearls, like other gemstones and jewelry, need occasional TLC. Lotions, perfume, hair sprays, and natural skin oils can stick to the pearls and make them look tired and dull. But don’t just chuck them into your at-home cleaning solution! 

There is a lot of misinformation about pearl cleaning and there is no need for a deep clean! Giving your pearl necklace, ring, or earrings a gentle wipe with a soft cloth will do the trick and will keep your heirlooms shining like new!

Jewelry Care tips

Remove your jewelry when exercising, baking, gardening, or doing household chores, especially involving harsh chemicals. This will help keep your jewelry safe and damage-free for years to come.

Take off your jewelry while having a shower. Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gels can get stuck in those delicate designs even under running water. You also don’t want to lose an earring or necklace if it comes undone and falls down the drain.


How to store jewelry

A jewelry box is the safest place to keep your jewelry. You could also have little ring dishes dotted around the house, in case you want to take your jewelry off and have peace of mind that they will be safe from getting lost. 


Thanks so much, Irina for your help. You can check out her Instagram page for more tips @tsarinagems 😍

Let me know if you would like to see more information like this on my blog.


Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Interview with Fashion Stylists Paola Arencibia and Cristina del Campo

Hi There..... Do you have to ask people for their advice on women's fashion? Have you ever asked for the advice of a fashion stylist?

I never have, but I often struggle with what to wear, and what to combine to compliment my figure. Luckily, I have a husband who much better understands women's fashion, and even more lucky that I can tag him along to shop. Ah, I bet you envy me for that. 😎

Do you also watch other people that are poorly dressed, thinking, oh my I wouldn't want to be caught dead in that outfit. They wear ill-fitting trousers and T-shirts that are way too small for them. That is beyond me. Could be I am not smart enough to understand. 😜

About 10 years ago, we used to have a woman down the street who had the worst taste in clothing. She was always wearing a kind of apron dress from the 60s in a dark, dirty color, and leg warmers on both cold or hot days. Every day morning, noon, or night, she would stand in front of their door. It was as if she was keeping watch. Still not sure what for. 😄

She wasn't the only weird one from her family. Her adult son, also poorly dressed in brown colors, still lived at home. We knew from others he would be there every time the ice cream truck came by. 😮

You wouldn't want to be behind him then, because for sure he would fart all the time. Not the silent type, but loud enough for everyone to hear, and not odorless either. I swear to you. I am telling you the truth. 😬

Perhaps now is a good time to change the subject to women's fashion again, and talk about the fashion stylist I interviewed, or should I say stylists, because it's about a duo. Their names are Paola Arencibia (45) and Cristina del Campo (47), and together they own Serious Style, Inc


What kind of work do you do or what are you studying to be? 

We are professional style coaches.

What made you decide to become a Stylist?

We have been friends for a long time and have always bonded over our love of clothes. When we both retired from education, we wanted to pursue our dream of playing dress-up all day and showing other women how to have fun with clothes.

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

Fashion is important to us because it’s something that we love to use for personal expression. It’s a way to be creative. 


What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

Our biggest successes have come from the transformations we have seen in our clients. For example, we helped a woman who had lost over 60lbs get a whole new professional wardrobe and pursue a new position within her career. 

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

It’s important only because of quality. We believe in pieces that last, but we don’t let the label dictate style — the woman does. 

Describe your personal style of clothing?

We like to experiment with style, but Cristina definitely enjoys color and prints. Paola dresses in solids: lots of black and white and denim. Also, we both love animal prints. 



How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look? 

I think we both have signature looks for a season and then we change things up! For a while, Cristina had bright red hair and was very funky and Boho. Paola went through a Halston-inspired 70s phase with big glasses and neutrals. 

In what way do you influence other people’s clothing style?

We encourage them to use clothing to express themselves, not to hide. We offer a “Leading Lady” experience where we get our clients to think about the legendary women whom they looked up to when they were younger. The idea is to recapture a sense of play and know that you CAN feel like a movie star regardless of your age or shape. 

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

Blazers, vintage patterns, midi skirts, belted everything, animal prints, layered jewelry, and lots of texture.


What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

Shoulder pads and extreme bell bottoms.

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

Cinch the waist. No one cares about that little bit of belly as much as you do. 

Who is your style icon and why?

We have so many! Some of our favorites are Stevie Nicks, Jennifer Lopez, Debbie Harry, and Katharine Hepburn. All our style icons had significant looks when they were young and carried that confidence into their later decades. They “age inappropriately” as we like to say. 

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

We just want women to know that fashion doesn’t have to be something that makes them feel bad about themselves. We want women — especially women over 40 — to give themselves permission to prioritize themselves, express themselves, and look amazing! 



That sounds like a great idea to me. You can follow them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/seriousstyle_mia/

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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