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JTV Jewelry Care

Knowing how to properly care for and clean your jewelry will help keep it sparkling for years to come, but it can be difficult to know the best way to clean them as different gemstones and metals require special care.

See below for expert tips from Kim Kanary, Certified Diamontologist and Vice President of Community Development & Engagement at JTV about important care details for many different gemstones on how to simply and safely clean your jewelry at home.

EXPERT TIPS FROM KIM KANARY:

Guidelines for Cleaning Jewelry: 

  • Generally, you can use lukewarm water, mild dish soap or jewelry cleaner, a soft cloth, or a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • In a small bowl, prepare a cleaning solution by mixing two tablespoons of mild dishwashing liquid with one quart of lukewarm water. Or, if you are using a commercial jewelry cleaner, be sure to follow all instructions, and make sure the expiration date has not passed since an expired cleaner may be ineffective or perhaps even damage your jewelry.
  • To clean: soak for 10-20 minutes, gently brush all sides, rinse with clean water, pat dry with a clean cloth. You can repeat this as much as you’d like to achieve the desire cleanliness and appearance.  

For Silver Jewelry:

  • First, try simply polishing it. To polish, use a silver or microfiber cloth and use long back-and-forth motions. Avoid rubbing in circles, as this can magnify small scratches.
  • If simple polishing doesn’t deliver the desired level of shine, following the cleaning guidelines above for a full cleaning of your jewelry.

For Gold Jewelry:

  • Follow the general cleaning guidelines above.

 For Gold-Plated Jewelry:

  • Rub gently with a soft cloth to restore shine.
  • If more cleaning is needed, follow the general cleaning guidelines above.

 For Earrings with Gemstones:

 Costume Earrings: 

  • Because glue is often used to attach stones, be extra cautious when cleaning.
  • Wipe gently with a clean, damp cloth and use as little water as possible.
  • Dry with a soft, absorbent cloth.
  • Let air dry before wearing or storing.

 How to keep your jewelry clean & sparkling: 

  • Earrings should be the last thing you put on and first thing you take off.  This will help you avoid getting hair or other products on your earrings, which can dirty or damage them.  
  • Wipe all jewelry with a soft, dry cloth when you take it off.
  • Be sure to properly store your jewelry.  If you prefer a jewelry box, place each piece in its own pouch or plastic bag.
  • Make sure jewelry is completely dry before storing.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry when bathing, swimming, or exercising

JTV is the leading retailer of jewelry and gemstones in the United States. With a proven 26-year history, JTV leverages an omni-digital strategy designed to elevate the customer experience through holistic, digitally-driven touch points, including live TV programming, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 85 million U.S. households, an industry leading mobile optimized e-commerce platform, and a robust and engaging social media presence. As part of its commitment to customer satisfaction and the development and distribution of educational content, the company employs numerous Graduate Gemologists and Accredited Jewelry Professionals. JTV.com is one of the largest jewelry e-commerce websites in the country according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 list for 2017.  

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5 Most Recommend Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Whiten with chemicals? There are any number of at-home teeth whitening systems. These often involve very strong chemicals and adverse side effects like increased sensitivity in the teeth and inflammation in the gums. Unfortunately, the same side effects can be caused by professional whitening treatments your dentist might use. 

The five best ways to get your teeth as white and bright as they can be, without the use of harsh chemicals, starts with simple, consistent dental hygiene.

1) This is the boring stuff

Brush your teeth gently and thoroughly for at least five minutes twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. The dentist’s cleaning will remove the tartar and buildup that can become discoloration and staining over time. Your dentist can also advise you about any other whitening methods you might want to try.

2) Start your mornings off right!

Drink hot tea made from ginger and lemon. Ginger helps kill bacteria in the mouth, and the acidity of the lemon will begin to break down stains, especially if used daily over time.

3) Whiten with COCO Lab!

Fortunately, for those who want the best at-home teeth whitening, with none of the sensitivity, Coco Lab has developed a unique line of products. The active ingredients include activated charcoal made from coconuts, with fair and responsible coconut cultivation practices in the supply chain.

Coco Lab teeth whitening products also use soothing aloe vera for happy gums, and grapefruit oil to strengthen the tooth enamel. Peppermint kills bacteria and keeps breath fresh as you whiten. These are not just teeth whitening products, they are a step up for all of your dental health and hygiene needs. The whitening kits come with a six-day supply of whitening gel, and a gel-activated, battery powered LED light mouth tray that ensures it only takes 10 minutes a day to achieve your brightest smile.

4) Snack healthy!

Crunchy, raw fruits and veggies like celery, radishes, carrots, strawberries, and apples are best eaten whole. They are more nutritious in their whole form, and the action of biting and chewing these foods takes advantage of their texture and enzymes to polish and strengthen teeth. Keeping a healthy lifestyle this season is also very important to prevent coronavirus.

5) Rinse!

Most people are not going to be giving up coffee or red wine. If you love these, or other dark colored, staining foods and drinks, rinse with water or mouthwash after you finish. You’ll get extra whitening power if your mouthwash contains hydrogen peroxide. You can even use plain hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash.

Finally, if you’re looking for deeper stain removal and more dramatic whitening, first check with your dentist about the overall health of your teeth. Most teeth whitening products are best for healthy teeth with healthy gums and no fillings. If you have had dental restoration work with tooth-colored fillings or crowns, you also might not get the safest or best results from commercial teeth whitening. 

Coco Lab offers powerful, natural teeth whitening in only 10 minutes a day, without causing sensitivity. It’s a step up for your daily dental health routine!

Simple Ways to Polish Platinum Jewelry That are Really Effective

Knowing about quick and easy ways to polish the jewelry, especially platinum, comes in handy in sustaining the charm and luster of these precious and valuable items for a longer period of time. And this write-up shows you how to do it…

It’s said that “A diamond is forever!” yes, it is, but if we speak with reference to metallic items, platinum jewelry is undoubtedly a long-lasting item.

Known as one of the most costly and precious metals, platinum is used as engagement and wedding rings. Despite the fact that the jewelry looks alike white gold or silver, it’s considerably way more pricey.

The easiest method to know that you’re buying the right things is to find the stamp ‘850pt’ or ‘950pt’ on the medial side of the jewelry. Generally, a platinum ring is twice as heavy as that of a silver or white gold of the same shape and size.

Do-it-yourself Tips on Polishing Platinum Jewelry

The very first thing you have to make sure that your jewelry doesnot have any scratch over it. And if you have found any tiny scratch marks over it, then you’ll need to file your jewelry. You need to start to file it with a diagonal movement, make sure that you are doing it vigilantly,soyou don’t harm the edges. File the jewelryagain in a diagonal movement and then in a perpendicular direction to the first.

Right after filling your jewelry, get the abrasive paper from the market. The main thing to consider when buying the paper is its finishing state, the finer it looks,the better it will remove the file marks.The surface of your jewelry has to be reduced to a 500-grit finish on the bench.

The next thing is to burnish your platinum jewelry. Industry experts highly recommend the utilization of a polished tungsten burnisher. You can easily do it by hand, or any tumbling machine or device.

A very important factor you have to make certain is usually that the surface area of the burnisher is highly refined. It is because, if it’s scratched, it will scratch your jewelry as well.Applying acrylic of wintergreen will keep the burnisher from marring your platinum jewelry.

The 7000-grit polishing substance is particularly made for buffing platinum jewelry. It has a bright and fast final polish.Last but not least, get a soft fabric. Place your jewelry in this soft fabric and slowly run it between your fingers.

Cleaning Platinum Jewelry

To get the best results, you must do a little bit of cleaning before polishing, and the below points will help you how to do it.

Things You Need:

• Mild dish liquid or soap

• Tepid to warm water

• Container (small or big; depending upon your jewelry size)

• Brush (if possible,soft-bristled)

• A soft microfiber (or a buffing cloth)

Instructions:

• Create a mixture of the water and soap or liquid with tepid to warm water. Make sure that the solution is foamy enough and not too diluted.

• Before cleaning it with the solution, you need to make sure that your jewelry is clear of any debris or dust. If you do it without cleaning it, rust or grim could stiff on it.

• Put the jewelry in this soapy solution, and let it sit for 1 minute or 2.

• After that, rinse your jewelry, focusing more on the particular areas that are unsightly.

• Put your jewelry back into this solution, and allow it to sit for 1 minute.

• Last but not least, wash your jewelry properly in cold flowing water, and allow it to air dry. After a couple of minutes use a microfiber to remove water spots, and polish it to outwit the usual.

Wrapping up – Ways to Polish Platinum Jewelry

Sometimes perfection doesn’t come when it comes to most of the DIY projects; therefore if you see any spots or scratches on the jewelry, you better visit any professional or expert jeweler out there to remove those scratches and get it polished professionally.

Make sure that you are getting it cleaned and polished by a professional jeweler at twice a year. On the list of some worth mentioning attributes about platinum is that, in contrast to various other precious metals such as gold, it simply gets out of place at first glance when it’s scratched, and doesn’t decrease in volume.

And this is actually the reason why, even after being worn for several years, platinum jewelry hardly gets thin.

D90

This D90 has been fully restored and is preparing to join the ranks of Arkonik Defenders across the USA and Canada. CADET is looking sharp in its Grigio Cenere Grey and Java Back livery finished with black Boost alloys polished to a high shine. It is now ready and waiting to begin its post in New York, making a statement with bold Caldera Blue upholstery and red interior lighting.

1) Exterior: Grigio Cenere body with Java Black roof | Zambezi Silver chequer plate | Original style hood with Defender badge | A-bar with LED spotlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch | Gloss Black Boost 16″ alloys | BFGoodrich® T/A KO2 tyres | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Rear Land Rover Solihull Heritage badge | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps | Rear LED work lamp | NAS rear step (2″ receiver type)

2) Interior: Supersoft Caldera Blue Ruskin Inside™ trim | Modular heated front seats with central lock box | 1 Lock & fold and 2 tip-up seats in load area | Matching leather door cards with black anodised door furniture | Black suede headlining | Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel | Red LED lighting package | Pioneer® premium sound system | Sunroof | Air conditioning

Veteran US Diplomat Fears for Missing & Displaced Immigrant Children

Former U.S. Ambassador of Senegal Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, who currently sits on the advisory board of the University of Central Florida‘s The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery program, is concerned about the welfare of approximately 1,500 missing immigrant children, as well as the most recent group separated from their parents at the border.
As someone who has personally witnessed human trafficking, I know how crucial it is for us to police the police, says Elam-Thomas. What is the vetting process for those responsible for these children? Who is accountable for keeping track of them? There needs to be a thorough investigation into their safety, and the loopholes that make children vulnerable in a foreign country with no parent to protect them.
A Career Minister, with 42 years in the U.S. Department of Americas Foreign Service serving in France, Turkey, Greece and Africa, the former Ambassador is heartbroken by the inhumane treatment of immigrant families seeking asylum.
My heart is heavy, my soul is troubled and my faith in my country is being tested each and every day. Where is our conscience? Where is our sense of justice? Where are our morals? Where are we?
Historically, America has a different approach to non-Western or Eastern European refugees or laborers attempting to immigrate to the U.S. The Polish, Irish, Lithuanians, and other white immigrants had the privilege to acquire ambiguous last names and assimilate into society. Black, brown and yellow people cannot hide or become invisible.
Despite our frequent condemnations of other nations human rights violations, our history of human rights violations is not one for which we can be proud. A country that was founded on slavery, racism and unequal treatment of others is repeating the ugly history we would like to forget. I still remember images of children torn from their mothers’ arms and sold at the slave markets. The new Smithsonian Museum – The National Museum of African American History and Culture begins with that sobering history. Scores of people of all races visit there on a daily basis (8,000 per day). Sadly, our current Administration continues to be insensitive to the suffering of innocent children. I doubt the toddlers,orthose young teenagers seeking asylum with their parents, are members of M-13.
From 1942-1945, the U.S. Government instituted laws to intern Japanese citizens after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese internment camps have come to be considered one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.
Until the presidents recent executive order, America was guilty, yet again, of manifesting the total opposite of the values that supposedly sets America apart from so many other governments. I cannot imagine being abroad and trying to explain the U.S. Government policy to foreign audiences this past month, or year.
Silence is consent. The unanimous outrage of so many citizens sparked change. We all must continue to use our voices and speak out against the atrocities happening on American soil.
Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas is Director of the University of Central Florida Diplomacy Program and author ofDiversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar.” Elam-Thomas’ stellar career with the U.S. Department of America’s Foreign Service spanned forty-two years, during which time President Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal
The retired Ambassador will be in New York City from
June 25-July 2, 2018, to launch an initiative titled,
“CIVILITY STRATEGIES: HEALING APPROACHES THAT UNITE PEOPLE AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY.

Jessica Markowski

Jessica Markowski is a model and digital influencer with over 175,000 followers on Instagram. Although she was born in Poland, Jessica is native New Yorker living the ‘American Dream’ as a full-time Instagramer and has shared her social media tips with various A-list publications. This time with 360!


How to start


I think it is first important for you to understand your niche. You have to have a core understanding of who you are, what to represent and what can differentiate you from everyone else. I think from you know your values, you can create Instagram into a business that can hopefully lead to becoming full-time.


How to know what is my field 


I think that ties a lot back to knowing yourself. Know your passions, your hobbies, your line of work, and know what it is that YOU are good at. If you are an amazing photographer, show that. If you are good at cooking, show that!  I think you just have to figure out what is special about you that you would want the world to admire and know you for.


How to get followers


I think gaining a following is different per individual. But here are a few things I think are a good place to start:


1. Use the right hashtags. Hashtags are a great way to introduce your platform to people who have not seen your account in the first place. It increases the number of eyes on your page.


2. Create a good visual. I think the photographs would be high-level quality, portray a particular emotion. I think those of main reasons why we are compelled to follow certain people in the first place.


3. Post at a particular time. From doing this for a period of time, I have a home to realize what time of day my audience is most engaged and most likely to like my photo.


How to influence others


Here are my top 4 values I kept with me in hopes of becoming influential: 


1. Be very honest about your emotions and own them. 


2. Show you are glad for others.


3. Be strong for others.


4. Choose to be happy.


How to maintain 


I think it certainly is important to know and connect with your audience. Know who they are, what they like. Try to understand what is the core reason why they are following you in the first place. I think about that before every outfit, every partnership I make, every shoot I have. Not only do I want the image to satisfy me, I want to satisfy everyone who is inspired by me.

 *photo: Leslie Moncada


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