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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...

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...

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'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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

I made a set of necklace and a pair of earrings with crystals and freshwater pearls. What is the best way to clean them?

Jewel Brite™ liquid jewelry cleaner or a mild soap and water solution will work well to clean your pearls and the crystals. Allow the jewelry to dry...

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 have trouble with gold/silver filled findings darkening over time. What can I use on them to keep them shiny as if new?

For tarnish, a great way to bring these components back to their shiny best is to use a suitable metal cleaner or polishing cloth. There are liquid...

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...

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...

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...

Can tarnish remover be used on silver- and gold-plate?

Tarnish remover can be too harsh for lightly plated items, and it may remove the plating, especially if used incorrectly or multiple times. On items...

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,...

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...

What are the pros and cons of using a jewelry tumbler for polishing jewelry as opposed to a hand held rotary tool?

Both tools are very helpful in different ways. The biggest advantage to using a jewelry tumbler is you can tumble numerous items at one time and walk...

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