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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 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 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...

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...

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 can I keep silver plated fishhook ball/coil earwires from tarnishing? I have them on display for my retail customers and have to pull stock when they change color.

Store sterling silver and silver-plated items in a closed display case or sealed bag with Shine-On™ anti-tarnish paper strips. These non-toxic strips...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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