Monday, October 28, 2013

Caring for Your Agate Jewelry

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! A few days ago I presented to your Agate Bracelet and today I'd like to share with you my little research on how to take care of your agate jewelry. It's easy and not time consuming. All your agate need is a little TLC.

Agate is a member of chalcedony group, same as quartz. It is one of the oldest minerals on earth.

  1. Use soap, warm water and soft brush to clean it. 
  2. Do not use abrasive chemicals or bleach. 
  3. Agate should not be exposed to extreme heat. 
  4. Store agate in fabric-lined box or wrap it in soft cloth. 
  5. Keep agate jewelry separately from other jewelry to avoid scratching. 
  6. From time to time you can polish your agate with olive oil. Just dip a small amount to a soft cloth and polish agate beads. 

Agate is quite porous stone, so if it got very dirty and lost its shine try this:

 - soak agate jewelry piece in warm soapy water for 30 min to 1 hour, then thoroughly rinse it in warm water. Allow your agate to air dry completely. After that use a soft cloth to shine up the beads.

As you can see, it's not a rocket science and very easy indeed. I wish you all the very cozy day and let your agates shine!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crazy Lace Green Agate Bracelet

Good morning to everybody who is reading this!

Today I'm happy to show you this green bracelet made of Crazy Lace Agate.  I know, I know - it's not St.Patrick's Day Parade, but you don't have do be Irish to like something green.

The beads I used to create this beauty are 12mm and look at the tiny Irish clover flowers charms! The bracelet itself is 8,5'' long. The price is $45.

Crazy Lace Agate is called the Laughter Stone or Happy Lace. It is associated with sunny Mexican fiestas and dancing and brings joy to its owner - just look at it, hold it, wear it and see you smile coming.

As always - I wish you all a very happy day!



Friday, October 18, 2013

Double Wrapped Lapis Lazuli Bracelet

Long hot summer starry nights are gone. The leaves and serotonin levels are falling. But guess what ladies - we can still have a small piece of a summer night! Lapis Lazuli is an amazing stone: deep-deep blue with a scatter of gold 'stars' on it, especially visible when sun shines on it. Just take your bracelet outside and see the magic!

To make this royal beauty your own - click Buy Now button underneath. The bracelet is 8'' long. Beads are 8mm. Stainless steel wire.

Thank you for looking and have a great day!


SOLD!

anna@beadlythings.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Customer Testimonials

I've got a few customers so far but I'm proud to say all of them are happy. There is one review from a lady Oxsana. Look how pretty she is! Oxsana is a nurse. Let's she what she has to say:

"I'm in love with longer earrings, but most of them are not workplace-appropriate because I work at a hospital. Anna's earrings are perfect choice in my situation and I have scrubs of matching color. I get lots of compliments!"



That's the pair she is wearing. Pink Quartz earrings. Although this pair is already sold, you can email me to request a custom order: anna@beadlythings.com


Thank you dear! I'm happy you like it. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my fellow Canadians! I'm sure and hope you all have something in your lives to be thankful for. Wish you all the best!

Friday, October 11, 2013

How to take care of your amber jewelry

Hello there!

Yesterday I showed you my Amber Bracelet and today I'll be talking about taking care of your amber jewelry. 


So, you are the lucky owner of a piece of amber jewelry. You hold it on your palm and it reminds you of the sun, honey, summer and hapiness . You want to cherish it, take good care of it and adore it for many-many years. 


As you may already know, amber is not a stone -  it is fossilized tree resin which came to us from Neolithic times.  And poetically speaking, it is a bit of the sun on your hand.


Lets talk about does and donts of amber care.


DON'T:


1.  ... be hard on you amber bracelet. Amber is fragile, don't drop it or hit it.  

2.  ... keep it in metal or other similar hard boxes.
3. ... keep it together with other pieces of your jewelry
4. ... let it come in contact with powder, cream, perfume and other cosmetics. Especially perfumes!
5. ... use chemicals to clean it. Even soap can cause your amber bracelet or necklace to become dull.
6. ... expose it to direct sunlight, at least not for long
7. ... expose your amber to rapid temperature changes
8. ... cook while wearing amber jewelry  - amber doesn't like high temperature (or too low for that matter)
9. ... do your household chores wearing you amber jewelry

All right, I think that's enough prohibitions for one day, let us focus on does.


DO:


1. ... keep it in soft clothe bag separately from other jewelry

2. ... clean it with tepid water and gently dry up with soft flannel tissue
3. ... 'walk' you amber to the sun. Amber loves sunlight if it is not direct. Let it sit outside at sunset or sunrise.
4. ... from time to time you can polish you jewelry with extra virgin olive oil applied on soft cloth. After that dry it up and clean off the olive oil completely with flannel. 

And finally I'll give you very interesting and old recipe how to  prevent amber from changing its color.


For brown and dark-honey colored amber: 


Brew a cup of strong black tea. Cool it down to +14C (57F). Put your amber jewelry in the cooled tea for 18 hours. Rinse with cold water and dry up with soft cloth. 


For lemon-yellow and milk-colored amber:


Make turmeric solution: 50 ml of boiling water + 20 g of finely grinded turmeric and put you amber into that solution for 22 hours.


You can do this procedures for prevention of color change and for giving you amber a color and shine boost.


Hope it helped you. If you know any secrets of amber care or have any questions - comment bellow please.


Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Amber Bracelet 'Harvest Season'

Good morning sunshine!

It's almost Thanksgiving Day long weekend here in Canada. I know many of you American friends celebrate it much later, so it looks like long Thanksgiving/Christmas Holiday for you. But here in Canada we like to take things slowly :-)

The sun is still shining and its still very warm in Ontario though in the morning or at 3AM (yah, tell it to my dog!) it's a little bit damp and chilly.

I live close to a community garden and guys here are celebrating Harvest Festival this Saturday. They have grown some tomatos, greens, squashes and even pumpkins! Don't you just love pumpkin? It's yellow, it's orange, it's warm and comforting. Every day as I pass my local grocery store I look at their display of pumpkins and flowers. And even if I feel low this sight instantly lifts up my spirits.

So, now you know what inspired my to create this genuine Baltic Amber bracelet with a pumpkin charm.

The three-strand bracelet is 8'' long and costs $38.  Thanks for visiting and have yourself a wonderful day!


Sold out! Request a custom order: anna@beadlythings.com