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How do you clean pewter beads?

If the pewter beads are not plated, you can clean them using a variety of methods, including polishing cloths, ultra-sonic cleaners, steam cleaners,...

How should I clean cloisonné beads?

To clean your cloisonné beads, simply wipe them with a soft polishing cloth. Porous in nature, cloisonné should never be soaked. Care should also be...

How should I care for my pearl jewelry?

Store pearls in a soft cloth pouch or wrap them in a soft cloth. Pearls are a soft gemstone material and should be treated delicately; they require...

I have pale green glass rondelle beads (10mm) that have an AB finish which looks chintzy on them. Is there a way to gently remove the thin AB coating on one side which is scratching off? Thank you very much.

Fine steel wool and glass etching solutions have been proven to remove the thin coating. It is recommended to test these methods before applying to...

I understand that tools such as pliers, etc. should be conditioned before use. How do I do this?

Good quality steel tools need little, if anything, in the way of conditioning for your use. Economy steel tools may have sharp edges along their...

I'm trying to polish glass nuggets. When they are wet they look perfect but as soon as they dry, they have a white powder-like coating. Any suggestions on how to keep that sparkling "wet" look? Thanks,

The Jooltool® Sharpening and Polishing System and/or tumbling the glass nuggets in a rock tumbler with abrasive and polishing media are good ways to...

How do I clean my pliers and wire cutters? They have become rusty and old looking.

Fine steel wool or a steel wire brush can remove quite a bit of rust from the surface of steel tools. There are also rust inhibitors, such as WD-40,...

Can you advise on how to clean rose-scented beads. Some are wood beads with a scent soaked in. Others are beads made from rose petals. Thanks for your help!

Gently wipe the beads with a dry soft cloth without any water, cleaners or chemicals. To help maintain the scent of your beads, store them in a...

Hi - I've heard that to prevent costume jewelry from changing color, you can apply some clear nail polish on it. Is this true?

Use an artist's fixative or Mona Lisa™ Metal Leaf ™ top coat to seal and protect beads and components. Clear nail polish can yellow over time. Use a...

Is there a simple way that I can increase the polished look of the commercial grade stone beads like the sodalite?

To tumble rock, use a rock tumbler and the rock tumbling and abrasive polishing kit. Pour in the manufacturer's recommended amount of tumbling media...

Which polishing cloth is the best all-around cloth?

The Moonshine® polishing cloth is the best all-around cloth. It is designed for polishing silver and gold, will do a good job of polishing brass and...

How do you safely clean bone beads and antique ivory jewelry?

Your best choice may be to use a mild soap on a soft damp cloth, and simply wipe the jewelry down. If the dirt is deeper than what appears on the...

I'm new to the jewelry scene and was wondering about the tumblers that are available. Does a tumbler work for all metals, including precious metal? What is the difference between a jewelry tumbler and a rock tumbler?

The Lortone Model 3A is a rotary rock and jewelry tumbler with a rubber barrel that uses different media to grind, work-harden and/or polish metal...

Which polishing cloths are best for cleaning electroplated jewelry?

The best way to clean plated jewelry is to gently rub it with a plain Selvyt® polishing cloth. Avoid the types of cloths that are impregnated with...

When a natural pearl starts to discolor, does that mean it is "sick"?

No, discoloration does not mean the pearl is sick. Both freshwater and saltwater pearls will start to discolor for a variety of reasons. Pearls will...

Will silver-plated pieces get the antique color that regular silver gets, get a bad color or never change color?

Silver-plated items will oxidize like sterling silver and get the antiqued patina that many designers prefer. However, all plating eventually wears...

None of the featured jewelry maintenance supplies mention cleaning jewelry with Swarovski crystals and tarnished sterling silver. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

Empire's instant tarnish remover will clean the sterling silver and is safe for Swarovski crystals. Glitz Jewelry Shiner and ODX Degreaser are...

Instead of Liver of Sulfur, will using muriatic acid in small amounts to oxidize metal make the metal brittle? I like the gunmetal look I achieved in gold- and silver-plated chains but am unsure how long the patina will last. Thanks,

Plated metal chains dipped in any amount of muriatic acid will likely lose their plating. You may even be oxidixing the base metal to the gunmetal...

Can you bring the shine back to mother of pearl?

If the mother-of-pearl shell surface is not permanently damaged, the loss of shine may be due to the material being soiled. Mother-of-pearl shell is...

Several cabochon gemstones and paua shells do not exactly fit the settings I purchased for their size. How do I shave down the edges to make them fit?

The Jooltool™ Sharpening and Polishing System can be used to cut and polish gemstones and shell with Mohs hardness up to 9. Use a permanent marker to...

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