These simple Do's and Don'ts along with some common sense, should keep your jewelry looking great for years
Do let your jeweler check your loose stones frequently. It's a good idea to have your jewelry checked once a year.
Do clean fine jewelry often to maintain its sparkle and beauty.
Do keep gemstone-studded jewelry, pearls, and gold and silver pieces separated from each other to prevent scratching. Store fine jewelry pieces in soft pouches, soft cloth wraps or plastic bags to help protect them.
Don't wear fine jewelry when doing housework or gardening. Even though most jewelry is durable, a hard blow can chip a stone.
Don't heap your jewelry into one drawer. Keep diamond and pearl jewelry separate and, ideally, wrapped in velvet, paper, silk or plastic zip-lock bag.
Do not use toothpaste as its abrasives can damage softer gems and metals. Most fine jewelry can be cleaned by soaking for 10 minutes in warm soapy water (using a mild detergent soap). Use a soft brush on harden gems to loosen any dirt around the prongs. To reduce greasy build-up on diamond jewelry, dip it in plain alcohol before soaking.
METHODS OF CLEANING YOUR JEWELRY
Wearing your jewelry over a short period of time can make your jewelry get smuged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, even the natural oils from your skin can create a film on gemstones, reducing their brilliance. In addition, chemicals in the air can oxidize or discolor the mounting. Keeping your jewelry clean will maximize its beauty. Here are four methods of cleaning your jewelry.
Detergent bath: Prepare a small bowl of warm suds using any mild household liquid detergent. Brush jewelry with a soft brush until you have created a lather around it. With the jewelry on a plastic or metal strainer, rinse off with warm water (be sure not to clean your jewelry over the drain !). Pat your jewelry dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Cold water soak: Make a solution of 4 parts cold-water and 1 part very mild dishwashing detergent. Soak the pieces for several minutes. Lift out and tap gently around all sides of the mounting with a soft brush. Rinse the pieces in the solution once more and drain on tissue paper.
Quick-Dip Method: Buy one of the brand name liquid jewelry cleaners, choosing the one that is best for the kind of stones and metals in your jewelry. Read the label carefully and follow the instructions. Do not touch your clean diamonds with your fingers, as the oils from your hands will leave a film on the stone.
The Ultrasonic cleaner: There are many types of these small machines available to the public today. They will clean any piece of jewelry that can be soaked in a liquid within a matter of minutes. These machines often have a metal cup, which is filled with water and detergent. When the machine is turn-on, a high-frequency turbulence is created. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners on emeralds.
NOTE : Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and warning before using these machines. The above methods are not appropriate for pearls, opals, lapis, corals and other gems. A very quick dip in plain lukewarm water is suggested for these fragile pieces.
TIPS ON CLEANING AND CARING FOR YOUR PEARLS
Pearls require great care. Just like any other jewelry, pearls get dirty but you have to clean them with care or you'll end up with damaged gems. Fine quality pearls, if properly cared-for, can last for generations. Here are some cleaning tips to make sure your pearls live a long and lovely life :
Pearls stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your cosmetics, perfume or hairspray
Do not clean your pearl jewelry using mechanical/ultrasonic cleaner.
Do not clean your pearls with chemicals or harsh detergents.
Pearls should only be wiped with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take hem off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soapy water solution.
Make sure you take off your pearl rings before applying hand and body cream.
Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.
HOW TO CLEAN STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
Clean sterling silver with a phosphate free detergent, a low abrasive cleaner, such as 3M Tarni-shield silver polish, is a good choice for removing light tarnish. Some people use toothpaste to clean their sterling silver, however most silver experts caution against it because they feel toothpaste is too abasive and leaves dulling scratches.
What hypnosis is & common myths concerning hypnosis and hypnotherapy and corresponding facts regarding trance states.
"Hypnosis is a state of intensified attention and receptiveness to an idea or to a set of ideas" - Milton Erickson, leading practitioner of medical hypnosis That statement neatly sums up the main principle of modern hypnosis. However, it is a neutral concept and despite the wealth of documentation stating it's usefulness as a therapeutic tool, the keyword "receptiveness" leads many unknowing people to fear the power of hypnosis. As a result there are several common myths concerning hypnosis or hypnotherapy (therapeutic application of hypnosis). Let's explore some of these and separate fact from fiction.
Myth #1 - If you can be hypnotized, you have a "weak" mind.
Hypnosis is actually a state of deep relaxation. It is the level of relaxation wherein your brainwaves are operating at the "alpha" level. Alpha states are conducive to hypnosis and meditation, heightened creativity and physical relaxation. This is one of four primary brainwave patterns and all are measurable on the electroencephalograph (E.E.G.). Having a "weak" mind has nothing to do with the ability to relax or reach an alpha state. In hypnosis, the person being hypnotized maintains full control over how deeply they choose to relax. Myth #2 - People who are in a hypnotic trance will reveal secrets or say things they will regret.
When one is in a hypnotic trance (deep relaxation) they can hear every word the practitioner is saying and they can choose how they want to respond. The person in trance always remains in full control. When you see "show hypnosis" on television and audience members are jumping about the stage clucking like chickens ? remember that they volunteered to do that in full knowledge that they would be expected to do something "crazy". Sometimes hypnotherapy is used for purposes of revealing repressed memories or information. Persons undergoing hypnosis for those reasons choose to reach deeper trance states than normally used in hypnosis. They are actively seeking to reveal the repressed information. Under ordinary conditions, a hypnotherapist cannot make someone reveal any information against their will. Myth #3 - You can be hypnotized against your will.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A French pharmacist named Emile Coue made that statement in the early 1900's. Today every student and practitioner of hypnotherapy knows this as a core truth. You have to want to be hypnotized before a trance state can be achieved. There are methods for inducing a trance (deep relaxation) in resistant subjects; however, even those methods are not effective unless you intend to be hypnotized. Myth #4 - "I didn't get hypnotized, I heard every word!"
A state of deep relaxation means that you are relatively free of the usual busy thought-traffic that bombards your mind in everyday consciousness. Without all the usual distracting clutter, your mind is able to direct itself and focus much more clearly. As you achieve relaxation, the hypnotherapist might suggest that you imagine yourself in your favorite place, at your favorite time of year. In a relaxed state, you are able to do this ease and believability. In other words, you can hear the birds around you or feel the warmth of the midday sun. The hypnotherapist merely guides your journey. When hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes such as to stop smoking, the therapist uses phrases (suggestions) based on what you have stated as a desired outcome ("you enjoy breathing deeply", "you feel calm throughout the day", etc.). You will hear these phrases with a depth of focus not normally accessible in the ordinary waking state.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of hypnosis. Remember - "all hypnosis is self hypnosis". You are always in control.
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