Giftkone Jewelry News
The Steampunk jewelry page is where this months sales and saving are. Just type in the code (steam) at checkout and receive 15 percent off any Steampunk jewelry selection on my Steampunk Jewelry page, offer good until September 30th, 2019 and features many techno-nerd and Victorian steam age jewelry choices, especially the vacuum tube wristwatch. All of the item on the Steampunk page make really cool gifts and are some of my best one-of-a-kind creations.
If you would like to add a pocket watch to your men's, or women's jewelry collection, like a lot of my Steampunk friends what's the best place to shop for a pocket watch? Unlike back in the days when pocket watches were plentiful, from the 16 century to just after WWI and the invention of the wristwatch, no self-respectful railroad engineer or conductor would be caught without that valuable piece of tradition and the places to buy a pocket watch were everywhere. Modern-day watchmakers have just about put an end to the use of the old nostalgic pocket watch when it comes to adding it to your wardrobe.
The good news is that due to demand, the antique and pocket watch industry has increased over the past few years so while demand is nowhere near what it once was for the pocket watch the desire of some people to own a pocket watch is still alive. Because of this modern-day demand, many have taken interest in buying, selling, and even trading different pocket watch brands. Working with my Zazzle affiliate I have even created a few pocket watch designs that are available. However, before I created some modern pocket watches. I was once involved in a search for the best pocket watch at the best pocket watch price that ended up including a little pocket watch history so let me share some of that with you.
These days an antique store is one of the best resources in locating a pocket watch. As obvious as it may sound there are a large number of people that overlook this option when searching for a Swiss pocket watch or vintage pocket watch. If you can find an antique store that specializes in jewelry, it will make the chances of you finding that perfect pocket watch even better.
An alternative to an antique store is a flea market. There are many bargains available at flea markets and if you find a great flea market, you may just find a great looking pocket watch for an equally great price. Not only could you end up saving money, but you could find the pocket watch you have been looking for.
If an antique store or flea market is not available where you are another place to look for pocket watches is at a garage sale. Garage sales can be a little "hit or miss" when it comes to searching for a pocket watch but if you do happen to find a pocket watch, there is the possibility you can get it for fractions of what it may cost at an antique store. This is the cheapest way to find a great pocket watch, however, it may take longer to find what you are after.
If you get the chance to visit a garage sale in your area it's a good idea to ask the person giving the garage sale if they actually have what you are looking for (pocket watches). I did this once when on a search for cuff links. Upon arriving I went around to the few tables where there was some jewelry and asked if there had any cuff links. The person disappeared into their house and returned with a box of jewelry that I was told they had planned to put once the matched up some of the pieces, I was invited to go through the box and I did make some finds.
These are just a few places you can begin your search for the perfect pocket watch. Be sure to shop around and compare the prices between vendors. Sometimes you could even get them to knock off a few bucks if you mention that you saw one at another shop that you were interested in. With the resurgence of vintage pocket watches in general, chances are that you can find a good looking, working pocket watch at a great price.
How to keep the sparkle in your Diamond
The best way to take care of your diamond is to avoid breaks and scratches and keep it clean. With good care, your diamond will have the same sparkle and beauty for a long, long time. Diamonds do not fade, tarnish or wear out like most materials so the true secret to keeping a diamond’s sparkle is keeping it clean.
Diamonds are one of the hardest natural material on this planet so it makes sense that diamond should be good at posing a scratch threat to another diamond. Use great caution when wearing multiple diamond rings on the same finger or hand. If the diamonds of one ring touch diamonds in another ring, both diamonds will likely end up scratched in a relatively short time. If you have a diamond wedding band next to your diamond engagement ring, be sure their design allows them to fit together so the diamonds don't touch.
The next most dangerous place for diamonds scratching each other is in the jewelry box so don't just throw your diamond rings, diamond earrings, and diamond bracelet together. Since diamonds will scratch diamonds, think of what they can do to other gemstones and precious metals. Keep your diamond jewelry in separate compartments or isolated by soft cloth to keep them from rubbing against each other.
While diamonds are very durable, they can break or chip. You would not let someone hit your diamond with a steel hammer but your diamond ring faces the same type of danger every day. File cabinets, metal seat belt buckles, and car doors are just a few of the metal surfaces that can hit a diamond in the course of a normal day. Avoid sharp impacts with hard surfaces and you will avoid chips and cracks in your diamond.
Diamonds are also good natural grease attractors. Some diamond mines separate diamonds from the broken rocks by running the material over a conveyor belt covered with a layer of grease. Diamonds stick to the grease and the rocks slide off. At the end of the shift, they remove the grease and melt it away, leaving the diamonds.
So be on the alert, when touching a diamond with your fingers, a diamond attracts grease. The oil from your fingertips will coat the diamond and reduce the sparkle. The same is true when your diamond ring touches the oil in your hair. Hand creams, lotions, hair spray, soap, and grease from food will create a film on your diamond that hides its true beauty. When you put your hands in dishwater, the dirt and grease in the water will adhere to the diamond. Dust and powders also cling to diamonds.
The good news is diamonds are easy to clean. Put your diamond jewelry in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water. You can also use the containers of “Jewelry Cleaner” available at jewelry and department stores. These typically have a small basket the ring can sit in and a small, soft brush to clean the hard to reach places around the diamond. Swish the ring around in the solution, rinse it with warm water, and dry the ring with a lint-free cloth. While chemicals will probably not hurt your diamond, harsh chemicals like chlorine or bleach can weaken and discolor the metal in the jewelry. Keep in mind that swimming pools and hot tubs are usually not good places for jewelry because of their high levels of chlorine.
There are many types of ultrasonic cleaners available to the public today. The piece of jewelry sits in a basket of water and detergent. The ultrasonic cleaner produces high-frequency turbulence that is an excellent way to clean the hard to get at part of jewelry. Not all gemstones are as durable as diamonds. Never put soft materials like emeralds opals and pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner.
With a little common sense and regular cleaning, your diamond will keep its sparkle and beauty for years.
With summer on its way, I wanted to say something about one of my Giftkone affiliates. Captain Blankenship's hair care products. These plant-based hair care products inspired by nature that can tame the frizz, give texture and wave definition to your hair just might be worth taking along with you this summer vacation in the sun.
Just give this bottle of Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray a good shake before use, spray your wet or dry hair generously and style and this summer you'll be turning heads with the added life and shine Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray will give to your hair.
So if the idea of using hair care products from a company with a genuine passion for nature a company that supports farmers and makes products that are not only good for you but for the planet too take a moment to see more details about this fantastic line of hair care and skin products.