Posts Tagged ‘Jewlery Care’

Why Statement Earrings Are A Must

Ayesha Mayadas

Hi everyone! Confession time: I have a thing for statement earrings. Working at 3rd Ward Jewelry has really only reinforced this love of mine. But is that a bad thing? Of course not! Every woman needs a great pair of statement earrings.

First of all, what is a Statement Earring? I like to describe the feeling that I have when I wear them, rather than give a specific definition. When you put your favorite pair of statement earrings on, you feel like you can conquer the world, you feel beautiful, and put together. They may be earrings that are a bit more bold than you normally wear, but regardless, you feel fabulous. Statement earrings have made a recent comeback. Have you ever heard that styles cycle about every 30 years? Well, the 1980’s and 1990’s statement earrings are back with a new twist! I thought it would be great to share some of our favorite statement earrings from 3WJ.


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Sterling silver earrings by Christy Klug

We love these earrings on Jenny because of the way that the earrings contrast nicely with her dark hair. These earrings are perfect for the individual who likes a simple design and light feel in the Summer. Christy Klug also offers many other designs that are equally beautiful, but different in the design. These earrings offer a soft texture and shine and unexpected shapes adding detail to the design.


Sterling silver and gold plated earrings Terry Fromm

Sterling silver and gold plated earrings Terry Fromm

Pictured above, I am wearing sculptural earrings by Terry Fromm from Houston, Texas. Fromm is known for these unique pieces such as these that have so much movement. We were particularly taken with this pair of earrings because of the elongated shape and glossy surface. These earrings definitely transform an outfit from “eh” to “wow.”


A gorgeous pair of gold, diamond, and sterling silver earrings by Ayesha Mayadas of New Jersey

A gorgeous pair of gold, diamond, and sterling silver earrings by Ayesha Mayadas of New Jersey

These earrings are hand crafted so beautifully. Diamonds and texture adorn the surface of this sterling silver and gold clad earrings. These elegant earrings fit Jenny’s style perfectly.

Wondering what type of statement earrings are best for your style? Stop by and try on a selection of earring styles to find the pieces that you feel the most “you” in! For Jenny and I, when choosing earrings that fit our personal style the most, we tried on a small collection of jewelry to find the pieces that best suit us. Personally, I found that I enjoy wearing a more delicate pair of statement earrings to match my shorter haircut. For instance, the pair of earrings by Sharon St. Don that I am wearing below, are broken up by the perforations in the shape, portraying the perfect visual weight for my taste.


Earrings by Sharon St. Don

Oxidized sterling silver earrings by Sharon St. Don


Again, I think that everyone needs a great pair of earrings to make the week start well! My favorite aspect of statement earrings is how they can transform an outfit from night to day, from drab to glam, or just give you that extra “something” to your outfit. Pop on by this weekend to try on some earrings or other statement jewelry pieces to match your fancy.

Have a great afternoon, friends!


P.S., here are some fun things to check out: 

Ethical Metalsmiths – Keep up with  Metalsmiths that are keeping it ethical.

No Real Jewelry Blog – This blog is a great lifestyle blog source that I found yesterday while listening to the weekly Being Boss Podcast. Check it out!

This interior design website! – We love to stay inspired. This website has serves as inspiration time and time again.

If you are into Podcasts, check out Invisibilia while you are at work this week. This is a fascinating look into the inner lives of human emotion and thoughts.

This food blog, Healthyish is fantastic! It is a blog for the foodie, mixed with beautiful design and photography.

         

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The Top Two Ways to Clean Your Jewelry At Home

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Organization and cleaning are queen today at the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery.

Who doesn’t like a clean space or beautifully polished jewelry? Last week I spoke about jewelry collections… so how does one maintain this collection? In today’s blog post, I am going to show you my top two favorite ways to clean jewelry.

Speaking of cleaning, this afternoon Mollie and Jenny are organizing the front of 3WJ while a beautiful light fixture is being installed above a display case containing Joanna Gollberg’s work. Our “closet studio” in the back of the house is what I have been getting organized – by the way, did you know that 3WJ has a jeweler’s bench? Yep! Mollie has a passion for creating a warm environment for her customers and her artists. I think that any artist would be happy in the space for some time. We have been joking that if 3WJ were to offer an artist residency that it could be called the “Closet Residency.” Really, though, it is a great name for a residency.

Okay – on to the good stuff!

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Pictured above: polishing a lovely ring by David and Ronnie with a Sunshine Cloth.

One of our favorite ways to polish fine silver is polishing the jewelry with a Sunshine Cloth. Yes “Sunshine Cloth” is actually the brand name. These cloths are magical – they brighten a jewelry piece from the natural patina that occurs, as well as remove natural dirt and grime from almost any piece. If you do not have a Sunshine Cloth and have noticed your pieces starting to tarnish, I highly recommend finding one of your own online. Personally, I keep a Sunshine Cloth in my jewelry box at home and occasionally polish a piece if I feel that it needs a bit more of a shine.

The next solution to taking care of your tarnished pieces is Tarn-X. This clear liquid is the answer to all of the cast elements or tiny chains that need a good polishing. See the before and after image of sterling silver chain below –

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Before & after: polished silver on the right, unpolished silver on the left.

Tarn-X seems to be an intense name for such delicate pieces, but I find that this bottle of clear liquid cleans up the most detailed pieces better than a Sunshine Cloth. Although Tarn-X is not safe for set stones, it is a widely used solution amongst jewelers. Please be sure to protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves while using this solution and read the directions well before using this at home.

These are the top two methods I offer for cleaning your jewelry at home! I hope that you, too, will have beautifully polished, hand crafted jewelry ready to adorn.

Where to purchase these products:

Sunshine Cleaning Clothes and Tarn-x can both be easily purchased on Amazon.

Tarn-x can also be quickly picked up at most Walgreens or Walmart.

 

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