Keeping Your Lisadora Hoops Shiny Bright

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I’m frequently asked to recommend procedures for keeping Lisadora Slip-On Hoops nice and shiny bright, whether they are made of our special tarnish-resistant Sterling Silver, our rich Manganese Bronze, or our 18K Gold Heavy Overlay (plated over a Manganese Bronze hoop.)

 

I’m guessing that not many people understand about metal oxidation, outside of rusting iron, which most of us are familiar with.  So here’s a little jargon about oxidation of jewelry metals to start with:   Silver “tarnishes”,  Copper “patinas”,  Brass “antiques”.

All of these fancy words mean the same thing:  Oxidation.  Oxygen in the air binds with the elemental metal in the jewelry creating an “oxide” of that metal”  Silver Oxide, Copper Oxide, etc.  (Copper is the dominant metal in Bronzes and Brasses).   Even 18K Gold contains Copper – 25% actually.  So while pure Gold resists oxidation very well (it will oxidize but it takes a very long time), the copper content in Gold Alloys oxidizes very quickly, and is part of what makes some designs of gold jewelry look distinguished.

In any case, it’s important to clean your precious metal jewelry regularly, gently, and with products or procedures that don’t create scratches in the surfaces.

So I’ve been doing research, and testing products, and here are my recommendations.

Mechanical cleaning:

Silver:  For daily use as a buff-up to clean light tarnish before you wear your silver items – use a silver polishing cloth.  These are usually made of microfiber material that is impregnated with a polishing creme.  They are available at most stores that carry home cleaning products, such as:  Goddard’s Silver Polishing Cloth from Bed, Bath, & Beyond, or  Wright’s Silver Cream from the cleaning products department of most grocery or home stores.  If you want to get fancy, Tiffany & Co sells Silver Polishing Mitts online for $15.

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Bronze:  Believe it or not, Bronze starts with the same procedures that are used on Sterling Silver, but then it needs to be washed.

  1. Wipe the bronze jewelry with a silver polish cloth.
  2. Apply some mild dish soap onto the bronze jewelry and gently rub it with your fingers.
  3. Hold the jewelry under running water to rinse the soap off.
  4. Gently wipe the water off of the bronze jewelry and dry it using a soft clean dish cloth.

 

DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT use Brass Polishing Creams on your Bronze Jewelry.  The creme contains abrasives that will permanently scratch the surfaces of your delicate jewelry.

18K Gold:  Clean your gold jewelry with soap and water.  Fill a small bowl with warm – not hot – water and a few drops of a mild dish soap. Place your jewelry in the soap and water mixture, and allow the pieces to soak for about 20 minutes.  Remove, rinse well, and then dry with a soft clean dish cloth.

Chemical Cleaning:

All metals accumulate oxides into nooks and crannies where the polishing cloths can’t reach, and over time even the surfaces will accumulate oxidation that the cloths can’t remove, so once a month, or at least every 6 months, the jewelry needs a bath in a professional-grade cleaning solution.  You can take your jewelry items to your local jewelry store where they will pop it into their ultrasonic cleaning machine (most offer free cleaning service while-you-wait) or you can do the job at home if you have the proper products.

There are many recipes for home-made jewelry cleaning pastes and solutions, but we’ve had the best and most reliable results from the easily available commercial preparations.  It’s all the same liquid but packaged and marketed under various names.

Here is our favorite:

For Silver, Bronze, and Gold:  Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner for about $4.99 and available at most grocery stores in the household cleaning products section.  It comes in a red plastic jar with a stemmed basket inside.  Put your jewelry in the basket, lower the basket into the cleaner, grasp the basket stem and twist it back and forth so the jewelry swirls around in the cleaner for about 30 secs to a minute.  Do be careful to protect your hands, eyes and clothing as the acids that remove the tarnish are hard on your skin and clothing and may burn your eyes if you splash.  As an alternative you can screw the lid on and then gently swirl the entire jar.  Then remove the lid, lift out the basket containing the jewelry and hold it under cool running water for a couple of minutes to rinse off any adhering cleaner.  Drain, and dry with a soft clean dish towel.

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Be careful not to put “antiqued” jewelry into these liquid cleaners!  “Antiquing” is actually strategically designed oxidation and the cleaners will remove it.  Only use a soft cleaning cloth with surface polishing cream, or just mild soapy water on your deliberately antiqued jewelry for best results.

Your Lisadora Slip-On Hoops are made with longevity in mind, so do take the time to keep them clean with proper procedures and recommended products and you’ll have jewelry that will not only last a lifetime, but will look as beautiful as the day you received it.

Got questions about cleaning any of your Lisadora Jewelry items?  Drop us a line at:  Lisadora@Lisadora.com and ask away!

Or drop into our web site and see the wonderful things we have to adorn your ears:  WWW.LISADORA.COM

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Doctor’s Corner by Janice Moranz, MD Dermatologist

DEALING WITH KELOID SCARRING.  Have you ever had or seen a Keloid?  What is it?  Some people form large growths wherever any part of their body is pierced.  The condition is not related to any particular gender or race of humans.  Anybody anywhere might be prone to forming keloids whenever their skin is damaged.  The result of having the tendency is tKeloid-of-earlobe-21hat thekeloid-ear-piercingy can’t have pierced earlobes (or tattoos.)

So what are their options for wearing ear jewelry? Clip-ons HURT and so do screw-ons. What can they do?

Lisadora ~ The Piercing Alternative Earring Solution is the answer!  Comfortable, beautiful earrings without the PAIN!   www.lisadora.com

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Designer’s Corner with Cheryl Ryder

WHATSA METAL WITH YOU?  –  A Series of Articles on Common Jewelry Metals

The use of metals as tools is as old as humankind and the use of them in making personal ornament goes as far back as the discovery that certain metals were soft enough to hammer into decorative shapes or draw into thin wires.  Gold and Copper were readily available in nugget form from rivers and streams and they were also being mined underground.  In the early Bronze Age, flattened metal was shaped and usually decoratively hammered or carved.  Wires were typically formed into spirals.  The chemical symbol for Gold is “Au” which comes from the Latin “Aurum” which means “Golden Dawn”.  Copper’s chemical symbol is “Cu” from the Latin “Cuprum” which was reduced from the original “Cyprium” because the Romans discovered and obtained much of their copper from the island of Cyprus. (Cut off the tail of the “Y” and drop the “I” and you change “cyprium” to “cuprum”.  A scribe probably miscopied the word and the inadvertent change stuck.)

National Museum of Ireland Bronze Age LunulaFrom the National Museum of Ireland:  a flattened Lunula (crescent moon-shaped neck adornment) – the gold was flattened, shaped, and embossed with designs. Interestingly enough many such artifacts were not made with gold found in Ireland itself but from gold imported from Cornwall, & Devon which gave proof of cross-channel trade.  UK Daily Mail: Prehistoric Gold Rush in Cornwall

King Tut's MaskIn Egypt the use of precious metals in ornament was a fine art.  By several thousand years BC the Pharaohs and rich nobility of Egyptian society were funding the extensive use of gold and inlaid precious and semiprecious stones in their funerary goods and afterlife items.  King Tutankhamun’s tomb provided the single richest find because the tomb was hidden from the destructive hands of grave robbers for millenia.  Interestingly enough the Egyptians were also masters of glass making and lesser nobles frequently used colored glass in lieu of the precious stones they couldn’t afford.  Ancient Egypt Online – King Tutankhamun

Meggido EarringsThroughout the Middle East the use of malleable metals was very common for body adornment in almost all levels of society.  These simple gold earrings were found at the Meggido dig in Israel (Meggido is the ancient word for Armageddon and is the site of a major war.)  Source:  Meggido Expedition/Tel Aviv University via Bloomberg.  3000 BC Gold Earrings from Meggido Israel

Unfortunately there seem to be no existing examples of non-pierced earrings from either the Early or Middle Bronze ages.  It appears that all women who wanted ear ornaments had to endure piercing.  Ouch.

As the Bronze Age progressed and societies could afford to support artisans, the intricacy of body ornament exploded in all the great civilizations.  Celtic, Greek, Roman. Egyptian, and in the Pre-Columbian Americas as these examples will attest:

late-bronze-earringsFrom Cyprus, a pair of gold earrings in the shape of bucrania, (Bull Heads) 1550-1050BC.  Photo from the Smithsonian Institute.  Smithsonian – Gold Cyprian Earrings

Tune in for the next installment as we continue in the Bronze Age to look at jewelry made of Copper.  -Cheryl Ryder, Lisadora Jewelry Designer.  

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The Doctor’s Corner by Janice Moranz, MD Dermatologist

PROTECT YOUR EARS!

Damaged EarlobeEarlobes can be easily damaged from many cosmetic processes that we do to ourselves in an attempt to be more beautiful, appear more artistically creative, or to fit in with our peers.  Piercings & gaugings are the most common surgical procedures that we see today.  Sadly, the burst of artistic expression that seems so thrilling to do in youth can backfire in adulthood.  Overstretched and torn earlobes can be surgically repaired but not without significant scarring and disfigurement.

If you pierce your ears you should not wear heavy earrings that can stretch them out or long draping things that can catch and tear your lobes.

In my Dermatology practice I help patients with metal allergies and torn earlobes. Now I have found a way to solve both problems and no medication or surgery is needed.

Lisadora Earrings are the Piercing Alternative Earring Solution.  www.lisadora.com

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These hoops have no nickel in them.  Nickel is the usual allergen.  Besides that, the hoops do not pierce your skin and so people can wear them even with metal allergies.

If your earlobes have torn through or are elongated because of years of wearing heavy earrings, Lisdora Slip-On Hoops are the simple solution.

Wishing you beautiful ears!  ~ Dr. Janice

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The Doctor’s Corner by Janice Moranz, MD Dermatologist

Lisadora and the Great Outdoors!

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Are you an Outdoors person? Love to hike?  Be Careful, that branch can catch your earring and pull it right through your earlobe.

Lisadora has the solution for that problem. Because our hoops don’t go through your earlobes, if they catch on something, the hoops release easily without pain or blood! FB-profile2 (1)  www.lisadora.com  FB-profile

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The Doctor’s Corner by Janice Moranz MD

DEALING WITH JEWELRY METAL ALLERGIES.   You want Cute or Elegant Earrings. Easy-Peasy, right?  But  what if you are allergic to Jeweler’s Base Metal (most commonly used in costume jewelry.)   You are most likely allergic to the Nickel in the jewelers metal. Nickel is a major culprit in causing contact dermatitis – an allergic reaction to metal touching the skin.  Nickel is used as a hardening agent in many industrial alloys, and used to be used as a durable silvery plating on surfaces because it didn’t tarnish like real Silver does.  It’s commonly used in lower grades of surgical steel.  And it’s very possible to have a severe allergic reaction to the Nickel.  Nickel-allergy open-uri20130213-30473-20ped3

So what can you do?  You have tried screw on, clip on and magnets. But if they are comfortable, they are too loose and fall off. If they are tight enough not to fall off, they HURT.  Even if they don’t pierce your earlobe they can have Nickel in the metal and still cause the allergic reaction.

Try Lisadora~The Piercing Alternative Earring Solution Slip-On Hoops.  Lisadora Slip-On Hoops are made COMPLETELY WITHOUT NICKEL.  There is No Nickel in Our Hoops. Not Ever.

Our Trademarked Hoops slip onto your ear like an ear cuff and then drop down into the well of your ear where they sit comfortably, and you can attach lots of dangles to them. One hoop, many dangles.

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Designer’s Corner with Cheryl Ryder

CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOOP SIZE:  One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “how do I choose the right hoop size for my ears?”  Let’s face it, when you’re ordering products online it’s tough to decide what size to order because it’s not like being in a store where you can try on the product.  So we’ve been working at making it easier for you.  Here are some photos and an explanation.

Ears are like feet:  everybody has two of them and nobody’s ears are the exact same size and shape as anyone else’s.  Ears can be attached or detached, large or small, thick or thin.  The great thing about our Slip-On Hoops is that they’re sized to fit any ear.  They come in a variety of diameters and they are designed with a gentle spring action for a comfortable fit, whether your ears are thin or thick.  (By the way – cartilage is one part of our bodies that continues to grow throughout our lives so the older we get the bigger and thicker our ears get in comparison to our youth.)

Picking the smallest hoop that you can wear:      HeAttached & Unattached Earlobes with Hoop Measuring Arrowsre’s how to start:  1)  Measure your earlobe height – the red arrows on this photo show you where to take the measurement.  2)  Look at the photo and determine whether your earlobes are Attached or Detached from your cheek, because this will affect the final calcluations.  3)  If your earlobes are ATTACHED and/or your ear cartilage is thick, add 1/4″ to the measurement you made to your earlobe height measurement.  4)  If your earlobes are DETACHED and/or your ear cartilage is thin, add only 1/8″ to your earlobe height measurement.  Then select the Lisadora Slip-On Hoop size that is nearest to your final earlobe size calculation WITHOUT GOING LESS.  (This is very important.)

For example:  My earlobe measurement is 7/8″ and I have both Attached lobes and Thick Cartilage.  So I must add 1/4″ to my measurement, resulting in a final number of 1+1/8″.   My final measurement is more than the 1″ hoop will properly fit (it causes my earlobes to fold up a little which looks very strange).  So the smallest hoop size that I can comfortably wear is 1+1/4″.

With 6 stock sizes to choose from in three metals, it’s nearly impossible to not find a Lisadora Slip-On Hoop size that fits – even for kids!

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Lisadora Slip-On Hoops are soooo much better than clip-on.  Try them….You’ll See!     – Cheryl Ryder Lisadora Jewelry Designer   www.lisadora.com

The Doctor’s Corner by Janice Moranz, MD Dermatologist

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PROTECT YOUR EARS!  New mothers and grandmothers (and even Great-grandmothers) will notice that all of a sudden they have to beware of what earrings they wear. The baby or toddler wants to pull on your earrings and can rip them right through your earlobe. OUCH!!    Do you have to stop wearing earrings?   Fortunately, No.   Lisadora has solved that problem.  When Lisadora hoops are pulled on, they come right off easily without damage or pain and no blood!  www.lisadora.com

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The Doctor’s Corner by Janice Moranz MD Dermatologist

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Your six year old daughter or granddaughter wants to wear earrings, but you aren’t ready for her to have pierced ears. That clip on pair is pretty, but she can’t wear them because they pinch and hurt.

Lisadora~The Piercing Alternative Earring Solution, fixes that problem. A small hoop (for a small earlobe) and a pretty dangle will please you and your daughter. Check them out: http://www.lisadora.com/product-p/children-beads.htm   

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The Doctor’s Corner by Janice Moranz MD Dermatologist

No Allergy Clip ArtThose Nasty Metal Allergies – what to do?

Many people are highly allergic to some of the component metals commonly used in costume or fashion jewelry.  The most allergenic of all the jewelers metals used tends to be Nickel.  In the jewelry business it’s often marketed as “Nickel Silver” although there is not a drop of real Silver in it.  Nickel plating is very durable and maintains a high shine and resists tarnishing.  Nickel can also be included in silver                                                 or gold jewelry alloy to provide hardness.

You need have no Nickel fears about any of the Lisadora Slip-On Hoops!   Our .925 Sterling Silver is make of the purest Silver and Triple-refined Copper.  Our Yellow Bronze hoops are made from a special non-allergenic Copper and Manganese alloy, and our 18 karat Gold Overlay hoops start with the bronze hoop as a base and are heavily plated with a 75% Gold/25% Copper mixture by a company that does the gold plating for NASA space program components. (You can’t get better quality than that!)

WE DON’T USE ANY NICKEL IN OUR HOOPS !!

And, because the Lisadora Slip-On Hoops never go through your ears, you have lots of choices for wearing earrings without any danger of having a metal allergy!

Got questions about your skin and metal allergies?   Ask the Doctor!   Write to Dr. Janice Moranz c/o lisadora@lisadora.com

Wishing you the best! – Janice Moranz, MD