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Watch boxes and winders 0

Watch winders are not your typical jewelry storage, but they are an important piece of the puzzle. Any watch collector — or even those with one or two timepieces — knows the importance of proper storage and regular winding. 

Watch chests

Display your favorite timepieces in one of these solid wood chests from American Chest. Velvety suede lines the inside and matching pillows are ready to have watches wrapped around them for safe keeping.  Separate cubbies help protect pieces from scratches and dust. The lid features a sleek glass panel that keeps contents visible but completely protected. Available in two sizes, you can chose from the regular design that fits up to six watches or the larger design which fits up to 10 watches and includes a bottom drawer for accessories.

Watch winders



If you’re more of an enthusiast, watch winders are a must. This Double Watch Winder, also from American Chest, is crafted from solid American cherry wood. This winder can contain up to two watches at a time. Complete with four programs, this watch winder features nylon gears, a mabuchi motor and intermittent programming sequences. This beautiful dresser top piece also features the slim glass panel in the lid, perfect for keeping contents visible and well protected.

Plus, all of American Chest’s elegant products are made in the United States.

Find these products and more like them at StacksandStacks.com.

Clean Your Jewelry For The New Year 0

With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time to make thing feel new again.  The year brings new beginnings, when we introduce new and better habits and refurbish old things.  I like to spruce up my house, give everything a good scrub, clear away all the old dust, move some furniture around and celebrate the new year by making everything feel new again.  The same thing goes for jewelry – get it all clean and sparkly.  There is a variety of ways to get your jewelry clean, so I am going to talk about that right here.

jewelry cleaners

First of all, you have Jewelry Polishing Cloths.  For any flat-surface metal jewelry, such as a plain wedding band, bracelet or earrings, my absolute favorite cleaner is a simple, inexpensive jewelry polishing cloth.  Keep one of these tiny cloths in your jewlery organizer or box for on-the-spot polishing.

Liquid Jewelry Cleaners are usually sold as a very thin liquid in a bottle.  You simply dip the jewelry into the bottle for a few seconds and the results are amazing.  The drawback is that they are made with very strong smelling chemicals, so the only time I use them is for intricate pieces or woven jewelry that can’t be cleaned any other way.

If you’re looking for something a little more versatile, Silver Polishes work for jewelry as well.  These are usually heavy creams or lotions in a bottle.  For intricate pieces, anything woven, you will want to use a liquid dipping jewelry cleaner to get into hard-to-reach places, otherwise the tarnish will remain in the creases and you won’t get the effect you desire.

With all the jewelry cleaners on the market today, you’re sure to find one that works well for you.  And I have to say, cleaning and polishing your jewelry for the new year feels fantastic!  Everything feels new and special again so you don’t feel the need to go out and buy new pieces.

Jewelry Organizer and Cleaner All in One! 0

Keep your jewelry organized and clean at the same time, all in one easy step with this new product!
You have all heard me talk about how important it is to keep your jewelry safe and clean, but there are a number of new products that go a step further (or a step back, depending on how you look at it):  prevention.  That’s right!  Instead of waiting for your jewelry to get scratched and tarnished and then have to deal with it, why not start by preventing the tarnishing in the first place?  The Intercept Jewelry Anti-Tarnish Storage System does just that, and so much more!  This jewelry organizer keeps jewelry neat and tidy, and tarnish free.   You may not want to use this for everyday jewelry (or maybe you do), but it is a great choice for safe keeping of really special pieces (think Grandma’s earrings, mother in law’s necklace, that special present from your hubby), etc.  Each bag is coated with special anti tarnish material that protects metals and other precious jewelry from damage from corrosive gases for 30 years.  This is the same method used with keeping fine silverware tarnish free, but is now available for jewelry as well!  The red bags are easy to spot, and easy to use.  The folding bags are great for travel – simply toss them into your suitcase for safe jewelry travel anytime!  Since you are preventing tarnish from happening in the first place, you won’t have to use any harsh chemicals later on to clean your jewelry, making this a non toxic, eco friendly option for jewelry storage – good for you and good for the earth!  Works great for silver, gold, brass, copper and bronze.  The set includes two divided, folding bags with separate compartments and two drawstring bags – a great investment for your jewelry collection!

Jewelry Cleaners on the Go 0

The Product of the Week this week fits right into your purse, jewelry organizer or suitcase, and comes in multiple forms!

 

Happy New Year!  Ahead of us we have a whole year of fun.  Fun traveling, fun with jewelry and much more.  Many of us like to polish our jewelry.  What can I say?  It’s just fun to watch it get a little brighter, shinier and more beautiful every time!  And it’s certainly more gratifying than most other types of cleaning.  For travel, there are many options for jewelry cleaners on the go.  Obviously you don’t want to bring a big jar of paste or (worse) liquid and have it spill all over your suitcase or car, so what can you do to make sure that your jewelry looks its best anywhere you go?  Here are some tips and great products for achieving this: 

1.  Polishing Cloths – this is a great one to keep in your purse or in the glove box.  Next time you are in a waiting room, or picking up the kids from school, you can whip out this cloth and shine your rings, for a start.  It’s hard to believe how well these actually work until you give it a try – it is truly phenomenal when you see the tarnish on the cloth after using it on what you thought were your clean rings.  Note:  since these cloths are coated with a cleaner, you will want to put them in a ziplock bag before sticking them in your purse. 

 2.  Gel and Brush Jewelry Cleaner – This one is great for travel, not so much for the purse, though, as it requires rinsing.  You can polish many jewelry pieces with the handy cleaner and brush set, and then rinse to perfection.  The cap screws on tight, but I would recommend putting this in a ziplock bag just in case.

Product Of the Week – Jewelry Wipes 0

jewelry-wipesDisposable Jewelry Wipes are this week’s Product of the Week, For Good Reason (read on…)

For on the go jewelry cleaning, or just cleaning at home, these jewelry wipes can’t be beat! You can keep them virtually anywhere, because they come in a small, lightweight plastic container, and they dispense just like wet wipes, through the top with a perforated lid! It couldn’t be easier, all you do is pull out a wipe, and shine away!

They work on metals, great for necklace chains, bracelets and rings. One of the things I like to do with them is to clean my wedding ring on the inside, where you sometimes forget to shine. This will help keep tarnishing to a minimum, and save your fingers from dark circles. The only thing that took me by surprise when trying these out was that they are actually dry to the touch. At first I thought maybe they had “expired”, but after reading the directions, they are actually designed this way, which is nice because they don’t leave an obvious amount of jewelry cleaner on your hands, which would make it impossible to use these “on the go”.

Here are some ideas on when and where to use these wipes:

  • Travel – probably the best travel jewelry cleaner. You can put the whole box in your suitcase or, better yet, just place one or two wipes in a ziplock bag in your carry on so that you have something productive to do on the plane!
  • Car – keep these in your glove box for instant jewelry shining in the car (not while you are driving, though 🙂 )
  • Jewelry Organizer – An obvious place for these is right in your jewelry box – you may find that you don’t even need anymore jewelry cleaners once you give these a try!

Now, get shining!

Space Age Jewelry Cleaners 0

soniccleaner
Ionic and Sonic Jewelry Cleaners for Professional Shine!

Is your jewelry looking tired? The easiest, quickest way to clean it is with a Jewelry Bath! Ionic and Sonic Jewelry Cleaners are used by professionals, but you can have them at home for a fraction of the price.

First, a WARNING: NEVER clean Pearls, Opals, opaque stones (like turquoise) or other Delicate Jewelry in a sonic or ionic jewelry cleaner, ALWAYS read the instructions to see what jewelry can be used in your cleaner. Pearls can actually dissolve in these liquid cleaners, so make sure to read the instructions for your machine and also do a test spot on metals before hand to make sure you won’t damage your fine jewelry.

How do they work?

  1. Ionic jewelry cleaners work by using a positive charge to attract to dirt and tarnish on your jewelry. Your jewelry is dropped into a solution which has chemicals that make the water more conductive. These cleaners usually clean metals in under a minute.
  2. Sonic or Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners work by using ultrasonic waves. These powerful waves blast dirt and tarnish off of the jewelry, a favorite of professionals.

Both types are very easy to use. They usually require batteries, and a solution. Usually the solution is included. You simply fill the machine with solution and (sometimes) water, then put your jewelry into a basket or on a clip, close the machine and turn it on. In no time at all, you will have beautiful, shiny jewelry just like it’s new!

I really like this small sonic jewelry bath, it looks nice because of the clear container, and it is small enough that you can put it right on your bathroom counter. It’s also compact enough that you can put it in a jewelry organizer or box. It is also very inexpensive, available at StacksAndStacks.com.