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- 3 ways to keep your silver jewellery looking lustrous
Have you ever found a beautiful sterling silver accessory in a second hand vintage shop, that just needs a little TLC to restore it back to its former glory? Or, do you have silver jewellery that you wear day in day out that could perhaps use a bit of love? To keep your jewellery lasting a lifetime, it requires regular maintenance. Follow these simple suggestions and get your treasures looking spick and span in no time! Before we dive in, it helps to understand why silver tarnishes. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% a mix of other metals. The elements in the other metals, such as copper, are the main causes for tarnishing. The copper reacts to moisture and sulphur in the air thus making it turn a duller colour. 1.Keep your jewels away from chemicals Whilst we know it’s a pain to have to take your rings or earrings off before jumping in the local swimming pool, the chlorine can react with the metal so you may find the silver will tarnish. Not only that, if the swimming pool is hot the chemical reaction will speed up, meaning more time polishing.. This goes for hot tubs too! Certainly avoid wearing your jewellery in hot springs, the sulphur and the heat is sure to oxidise the metal meaning you will end up with some black jewellery. 2. Keep your storage savvy There are many ways to protect your jewellery from the moisture in the air. High humidity and air pollution will cause sterling silver to discolour, so finding an appropriate container can help prevent the task of polishing your jewellery. Zip lock plastic bags are a great way to keep the air and moisture out, leaving your jewels looking nice and shiny. Or putting a piece of chalk in your jewellery box will naturally absorb the moisture and chemicals, keeping your jewellery looking fabulous for longer! 3. Polish it off! Finally, invest in some silver polish or a polishing cloth (or both). It’s really not that expensive to buy and lasts forever, especially if you have been following our top tips! At Firkins we tend to use ‘Silvo’ which is a wadding that can then be buffed up with old t-shirt material or a rag. Other tricks and hacks can be used to clean silver such soaking in lemon juice and salt overnight or using a rag with toothpaste to bring out the shine. So whether your toe ring needs a buff or your earrings could do with a clean, it’s good to know that your sterling silver jewellery will live on!
- The ultimate guide to positioning crystal jewellery to gain their full healing benefits
Have you ever heard the saying ‘Earth has its music for those who will listen’? we believe that it is a blessing to tune into what mother nature has to offer. Crystals (aka precious and semi-precious stones) are one of the foundations to a balanced quality of life. Know how to use and position them correctly, you’re on to winner. The natural crystals that the earth produces for us shouldn’t be taken for granted, in this post you we will delve into the wonders of gem stones and crystals, understanding the best places to wear them. How do crystals heal? Crystals work through vibrations, connecting with different energy fields within your body. Different crystals will give off different resonance, so understanding the attributes of each crystal is highly important. For a deeper insight into the properties and benefits of our top semi precious stones, look out for our next blog post ‘Firkins pick: Our top 10 gem stones’. Coming soon! Each Crystal has its own healing power. For instance malachite contains copper which can assist joint and muscular problems, in the same way a copper bracelet would. Small vibrational doses of the minerals in the stone are absorbed externally, aiding the healing process. Who’d of thought a piece of rock would benefit you in such a way?! Top ways to wear your crystal jewellery Precious and semi precious stones are commonly cut, polished and formed to create some fabulous pieces of jewellery. This could be in the way of pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings and so on. Necklace and pendants One of the most popular ways to gain the full benefits of the gem stone is in a necklace form. Whether it’s a pendant on a chain or a semi precious stone necklace, the position of a crystal on your chest will link with your throat and heart chakras. Turquoise can be related to the throat chakra, being a protective stone that can clear negative energy it is a popular choice. It is said that turquoise realises inhibitions and allows expression, something that we all need for a healthy lifestyle. It is an easily obtained crystal, so confidence and communication doesn’t have to cost! Another favoured gem to wear as a necklace is Amethyst, which can be anything from deep purple to a light lavender shade. Amethyst is an ideal choice to wear as jewellery, placing it over the heart transmits negative energy flow into love. Drop Earrings and Ear Studs Whilst your ears are not within the main chakra alignment, wearing semi precious stone earrings can still give you some of the healing effects you crave so. Positioned between the powerful ‘Third eye chakra’ and the ‘Throat Chakra’ Lapis Lazuli and Garnet are a fine choice for this region. Lapis Lazuli best positioned above the diaphragm, it is said to ease the pain of migraine headaches and over come hearing loss… that’s right, you heard ;) Rings Malachite is a wonderful versatile stone, with strong healing powers. Holding the stone in your hand or wearing it in the form of a ring can help with anything from arthritis, fractures and travel sickness. Resonating with the female sexual organs, Malachite can help aid menstural cramps and facilitates child birth. Advice on how to position gem stones correctly can be slightly overwhelming to begin with. However once you find the right crystals that works for you and your needs, it can be a life changing element. Not to mention a beautiful addition to your jewellery collection!
- Sterling Silver Bohemian Jewellery | Exeter | Firkins
Welcome to Firkins, the home of sterling silver bohemian jewellery. Browse through our collections of Nose Rings, Ear Studs and Ear Hoops amongst the the other treasures we have in store Drop earrings Create your own unique jewel collection Shop earrings Necklaces Silver necklaces with meaning Necklaces Ear Climbers Get inspired.. Ear Climbers Find us on Social Media TOP PICKS Celestial Moon Earrings £7.50 Price View Details Balinese Detail Ear Cuff with Chain £5.00 Price View Details FOLLOW FIRKINS ON INSTAGRAM Firkins New Buildings Lane Gandy Street Exeter EX4 3LS 01392 422939
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Silver Chains Varying chain lengths available, so you can mix and match with your desired and create your own style! pendant Quick View Dainty Silver Curb Chain Price £10.00 Quick View Silver Snake Necklace Chains Price £14.00 Please Note: There is a £2 handling fee for orders £5 or under
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