GUIDES, TIPS AND TRICKS
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CARING FOR SILVER JEWELLERY
Sterling silver jewellery will naturally tarnish with time and wear, but this can happen a lot quicker if it comes into contact with chemicals such as lotions, creams, perfume, hairspray and acidic skin ph.
When not wearing, store your jewellery separately so that pieces do not tangle, rub or scratch against each other. Every piece of jewellery from Halo includes a small piece of anti-tarnish paper in the box, so I would recommend that you store your jewellery in the box.
To keep your jewellery shining beautifully, polish as required with silver polish and buff gently. It is recommended that you remove your jewellery before bathing, swimming and sleeping.
CHOOSING JEWELLERY THAT SUITS YOUR FACE SHAPE
The number one rule while choosing jewellery is that we should wear whatever jewellery we want to wear. But there's no denying that some types of jewellery will naturally suit a particular face shape more than others.
When you're looking to find jewellery that suits your face shape, look for these three things:
Accentuate some features
Soften the effect of or compensate for some features
Choose something that works in proportion with youroverall build and complements your personality.
First find out what your face shape is, by sticking some cling film onto a mirror, and drawing the outline of your face on the cling film with a felt tip pen. See which face shape in this photo it matches. Now you know your face shape.
Let's say you have a triangular face shape, which has a narrow brow and a wider jaw-line.
Long, narrow earrings, like threaders will work well for you.
Even better are long heart shaped earrings, which are the
opposite of a pear shape because they’re wider at the top.
Long pendant necklaces and lariats complement your face
shape well too, because they soften the jawline.
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A POLISHING TRICK
Did you know that you probably have more than one tube of silver polish in your house without even knowing? That's right. One of the most effective polishes for sterling silver that I've come across is toothpaste. I've tried several popular brands, and they all seem to work.
Dab a bit of toothpaste on your piece of silver jewellery, give it a good rub with your fingers, rinse and buff with a soft cloth. And voila! Tarnish gone, jewellery looking gorgeous again.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The quality of gold-plated jewellery can vary quite dramatically, and quite often you can't entirely tell what you're going to get. So here are the three main gold-related terms you'll come across, and what they mean:
This is the most commonly found type of item. It means that there is a thin layer of gold on some other metal. That metal can be any metal - steel, copper or nickel to name a few. The thickness of gold plating is usually measured in microns. One micron is one-thousandth of a millimetre. The thinnest gold plating can be 0.5 microns. That's very, VERY thin.
When gold-plating of a thickness of 2.5 microns or more is done on a sterling silver piece, this is referred to as gold vermeil. Good quality jewellers will usually sell gold vermeil jewellery. Gold vermeil is done using same techique as gold-plating, but has a precious metal underneath, and is longer lasting because the gold layer is thicker than ordinary plating.
This is the priciest option, unless you're going for real gold. Gold filled jewellery has a thick layer, at least 2 microns, bonded onto the metal underneath. But more importantly, the gold in a gold-filled piece must be at least 5% in weight of the overall piece.