Cleaning Jewellery, Beading Ideas & Amber Beads

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Also present will be the huge range of seed beads & spaces by Tanzee Designs, plus original hand-crafted beads and designs by Carol McAllister. Free Entry, Free Refreshments, Free Gifts & Free Parking! In a beautiful village at the heart of Cornwall - Combine with a weekend holiday. We love it there - the only problem is leaving!

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Bringing Old Jewellery Back To Life

There are hundreds of home recipes using all sorts of household ingredients to clean jewellery. No need to waste money on special cleaners.

Keep your jewellery looking as amazing as the day you bought it. Try these easy and cheap cleaning options with an old toothbrush and a clean rag:

Great for cleaning diamonds. Mix four cups with one cup of warm water, then soak the jewellery for about 15-minutes and clean with a toothbrush. Rinse with clear water and cloth dry.

Mix warm water with the toothpaste and use a toothbrush to clean - rinse and dry after.

Simply pore white vinegar into any container and soak the jewellery for 15-minutes. Dusting with Diatomaceous Earth after, will prevent tarnishing. Clean with a toothbrush and finish with a water rinse and dry.

Rennie or any Antiacids
Indigestion tablets cure more than heartburn! Place two into a container of warn water and soak the jewellery in the bubbles for 2-mintues. Rinse with clear water and dry to finish.

Baking Soda & Aluminum Foil
Great to remove tarnish from silver. Line a tray with the foil, lay the jewellery on, and sprinkle with baking powder. Then slowly pore a cup of boiling water on. The tarnish will collect on the tin foil. Then turn the jewellery over and repeat on the other side. Finish with a a water rinse and cloth dry.

Salt, Baking Powder & Detergent
Best for gold jewellery. Mix a cup of hot water with a teaspoonful or baking powder with the same of salt & washing powder. Soak the jewellery for 10-minutes, wash with water and dry.

Soap & Water
Good for soft or porous semi-precious stones like turquoise or pearls. Use warn water with laundry detergent. Rinse & cloth dry.

Beading Ideas

Beads can be used to make all sort of things.

With a little imagination there are so many things you can make with odd beads, apart from making jewellery.

Like a large bead for light or fan pulls.

Bead Tablecloth Weights
Table cloth weights make great presents, especially for summer BBQs.

Take a silver bulldog clip and thread wire through the hole. Loop it back on itself, and slide a crimp over both pieces, pulling it tight to the clip. Squash the crimp flat to hold the wire in place. Thread beads onto both strands of wire and finish with a crimp to hold the beads in place. Then clip the weights onto the corner of a tablecloth to prevent the wind blowing it off.

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What took nature millions of years to create, can be yours in an instant!

Our synthetic amber beads look and feel almost like natural, but under 1/10 the price to make easily-sell jewellery. No wonder they're so popular!

What Is Amber?
Amber was once a mystery. Alchemists thought it was created from the rays of the setting sun, concealed in the evening sea and cast ashore in the form of stone.

True amber was formed up to 60-million years ago where seas were then forest. Resin from these trees dripped into puddles. When the land was replaced by sea, the weight formed this resin into amber which eventually floated to the surface. Usually yellow, brown, orange, or green, darkening to a rich red-brown with age.

Benefits of Amber
Its bright colour conceals the mystery, prompting some to call it “petrified sunlight” or “frozen gold”. Producing jewellery that makes the wearer both look and feel good. No wonder it’s so fashionable in the 21st century. Amber jewellery can create a more dramatic effect than diamonds.

Years ago, it was thought amber could magically draw energy into its bearer, so people started making amulets from it. This was because rubbing amber against a wool cloth made it electrically charged, attracting small objects. Originating the word electricity: “elektron”, the ancient name for amber. Amber was also believed to aid the intellect, and prescribed for memory loss and anxiety.

Amber Prices
Amber beads were fashionable, yet inexpensive, before the 1920s – when Amber was a popular girl’s name. Natural amber rose to around 50-pounds a string by the year 2000, but over the past decade the price has shot up. Many amber necklaces sell for ten-times their price 15-years ago.

This growth is because China has rediscovered amber. Traditionally Chinese culture believes amber is lucky and has medicinal properties. Similarly, Persian amber has become fashionable in Arab states, where it represents status, wealth, and aphrodisiac powers.

Therefore, amber with a certificate of authenticity is heading towards the cost of gold by weight. Cheap amber is not natural. Our amber, like most today – is ambroid amber, an immature variety of copal amber, mixed with synthetic resin. Giving the benefits of natural amber, yet allowing jewellery to be sold at prices customers’ can afford.

Imitation Amber
Amber has always been imitated. Some amber beads in Egyptian tombs were made from copal – which is also fossilized tree resin, but only thousands of years old. Ambroid, although known as pressed or reconstituted amber, is made from real amber scraps and shavings generated by amber carvers. These pieces are collected, heated, then pressed into large blocks.

Looking After Amber
Because amber is soft and wears easily, protect from heat and wrap in a cloth when not wearing. Clean with a soft cloth dipped in lukewarm water. You can put the shine back into today’s amber by spaying with Pledge.

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