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Rita Azar illustrates fashion article in 360 MAGAZINE

The Forging of Silver Jewelry

Human beings have been adorning themselves with jewels for thousands of years. Jewelry is one of the eldest archeological artifacts. Ancient Egypt is where it all began thousands of years ago. Since then, so much has changed, but some practices remain the same.

Jewelry makes a statement, highlights status, and indicates personal style. Silver, for instance, is used in making these pieces. It is highly malleable and reflective as well, which makes it an ideal raw material for making designer silver jewelry. This includes rings, anklets, bracelets, earrings, and plenty more besides.

Jewelry can be mass-produced in a plant, but it can also be forged from the comfort of your home. Below, we will look at the various kinds of silver that are used in the manufacture of jewelry pieces.

Types of Silver Used in Jewelry Making

Fine .999 Silver

Fine .999 Silver is the nearest metal to the unadulterated silver element. It is described as .999, representing 99.9% purity. Fine silver appears duller in comparison to the bright polish of sterling silver.

Fine silver is lax and will scratch, dent and bend shape reasonably easy. This is why fine silver jewelry is not as common as sterling silver jewelry since the pieces are not durable. The advantage of fine silver is that it is easy to forge, and it is highly impervious to tarnish.

Sterling .925 Silver

Sterling silver is the quality standard of jewelry in most world markets, making it the most known of the kinds of Silver used in jewelry. Sterling silver is an alloy consisting of 92.5% pure silver. The residual 7.5% usually is copper, though other elements such as nickel are at times used as well.

The other elements add strength, durability, and shine to the silver. Sterling silver is shiny but very prone to tarnish. Although sterling silver is tougher than fine silver, it is still reasonably lax compared to many other metals.

Nickel Silver

With regard to this type, silver defines the color of the metal and not the content. Nickel silver is a base metal alloy entailing of mostly copper coupled with nickel and/or zinc.

It is a cheap base metal that is comparable in appearance to sterling silver. Nickel silver is used in clothing jewelry but should be evidently marked and labeled as a nickel alloy since many individuals are allergic to nickel.

Tibetan Silver

Tibetan silver is also known as Tribal Silver, is a base metal alloy that has a silver appearance. The insides of this alloy tremendously vary and may lack silver entirely.

Some of these come from mysterious lands and can contain hazardous metals such as lead, so be careful when purchasing. However, the pieces can be attractive, so buy for the design and not for the quality of the metal.

Argentium Silver

Argentium silver comprises much cleaner than sterling and is available in two grades: 93.2% or 96% purity.  This is coupled with copper and germanium, which makes the metal more robust, more resistant to discolor, easier to clean and maintain.

Because this is a brand, only sanctioned jewelers can use the Argentium stamp, which features a flying unicorn. Argentium silver is nickel-free and hypoallergenic, but it also costs more than most other silver alloys.

Silver-Filled

Silver-filled is parallel in features to gold-filled metals. In terms of worth, it sits somewhere between sterling and Silver coated.

Silver-filled is not an alloy but rather a kind of coating that contains a denser layer of silver. Silver-filled jewelry is difficult to preserve as it discolors quickly. However, on the bright side, it’s cheaper than sterling silver.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, silver jewelry can be forged from various types of silver. The wearer is the one who decides the kind of silver they want on their jewelry, depending on their price point and the type of shine they wish for their pieces.

Jewel illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

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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Boom: The Fourth Saxon State Exhibition

On Saturday, July 11th, the Fourth Saxon State Exhibition called Boom will open to celebrate 500 years of Saxony’s industrial heritage. The substantial website allows you to also virtually enjoy Saxony’s amazing tribute to its high-quality global brands and industrial culture.

The southwestern region of Saxony was one of the first and most important centers of European industrialization. To this day, Saxons’ self-image still rests on the triad of natural beauty, cultural wealth and a broad industrial base. It is the success of these brands and Saxony’s entrepreneurialism that has allowed Saxony to build its extraordinary musical, artistic and architectural culture.

From July 11 to the end of this year, the Audi Building in Zwickau will host the central exhibition of the Fourth Saxon State Exhibition, Boom, while six other cities in the region will host additional and important parts of the exhibition, including the AutoBoom in the August Horch Museum in Zwickau; the Machine Boom in the Chemnitz Industrial Museum; the Railway Boom in the Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf Railway (outdoors); the Coal Boom in the Mining Museum in the Ore Mountains; the Textile Boom in the Cloth Factory in the Gebr Pfau Grimmitschau in Grimmitschau; and the Silver Boom in the Research and Teaching Mine in Freiberg.

These six topics are fleshed out in important locations where that “Boom” was most evident.

  • Auto Boom. is located in the August Horch Museum in Zwickau, which is next to the central exhibition in the Audi Building. The Horch museum is where the first models from major global automotive brands, including Horch and Audi, rolled off the assembly and Zwickau later was the birthplace of the legendary Trabant. August Horch was the founder of the company that would become Audi.
  • Machine Boom. is located in the Chemnitz Industrial Museum, where machines (such as the filigree clockwork at Glashütte to the high-tech machine center) have been designed and produced for more than 200 years.
  • Railway Boom. is on the site of the Schauplatz Eisenbahn (Railway Museum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf) where you can see the industrial networking of people, raw materials and products in an open-air museum between historic steam and diesel locomotives in the sooty atmosphere of a roundhouse.
  • Coal Boom. is shown in the mining museum in Oelsnitz / Erzgebirg or the Ore Mountains where the coal industry, which was fundamental for the economic development of south-west Saxony, takes a look into the future of energy supply.
  • Textile Boom. is located in the originally preserved cloth factory Gebr Pfau in Crimmitschau. The machines and looms, some of which are 100 years old, are presented in a factory that has not changed since the doors were closed.
  • Silver Boom. is located in the research and teaching mine, Silver mine Freiberg, and provides deep insights into the history of ore mining and shows what role current scientific research plays in resource technologies.

In addition to these six geographic locations, the central exhibition in the Audi Building presents Saxony’s 500-year industrial booms in six time periods.It tells of an eventful history of the hard-working people of an early industrialized region with historical documents, objects, technical devices, photographs and through films and valuable works of art and spectacular media installations. The first period of the five hundred years of industrial culture was the Silver Rush (1470-1813) when the discover of silver in the Ore Mountains set off a clamor for mining not only of silver but also tin and copper. It was an unprecedented boom and attracted people from all over Europe. Augustus the Strong used this incredible wealth to build up the coffers of his state, buy art and collect treasures from around the world to build Dresden into one of Europe’s glittering capitals of art and architecture.

The second period from 1763 to 1914 was the emergence of the textile industry and mechanical engineering which drove development in Saxony and around the world. In 1914, Saxony was the most industrialized state in the entire German Reich. There was a third period from 1831 to 1914 when there was a rapid development in technology, science and machines. The fourth period from the eve of WWI to the end of WWII is marked by groundbreaking inventions and unprecedented, industrially shaped and organized violence.

The fifth period from 1945 to 1995 includes the industrial culture of East Germany and the Trabant is a symbol of the East German economic system. It
focuses on the working world and everyday life of people up to the political turn as well as the breaks and opportunities and structural changes that the fall of the wall brought about. The final period from 2020 to the future is all about what is to come and the future of technology in Saxony. Positive developments are emerging from Saxony’s keen entrepreneurial spirit, innovations based on research and knowledge and the ability to constantly change.

It is appropriate that the Saxon state has chosen the Audi Building in Zwickau as the place for the central exhibition as this was an assembly hall of Auto Union AG from 1938. The Auto Union was the coming together of four independent Saxon car manufacturers: Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. Audi’s logo of four interlocking rings represents these original four members of the Auto Union. Audi is actually a Latin derivation of Horch’s name which means hark or Audi in Latin.

The Audi Building as well as the museum for Horch in Zwickau are a worthy one hour and fifteen-minute drive from Leipzig or Dresden. Even if you cannot visit in person in 2020, the museums in each of the towns will always be there and there is a book on the exhibition that you can order online.

Learn more about Boom here.

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Nixon Dork Too

The Dork Too is available February, 2019.

Nixon proudly announces the launch of the original eye-free time teller, the Dork Too. A smart ass watch with a personality all its own.

The Dork Too is iconic Nixon style that doesn’t take itself too seriously, with a mashup of retro electronics, simple, modern forms, and progressive maker culture. Press a button and The Dork yells the time and much more. This fun-loving digital comes fully juiced, but when it does run low just plug in the USB cord provided for easy charging.

This is easy, eye-free time telling that’s easy on the eyes.

Dork Culture

The Dork Too is for the confident culture leaders with Street Geek style that’s a mash-up of retro and modern.

This re-styling of old looks has the fashion world buzzing about terms like “geek chic.” But more than a fashion movement, the Dork World itself is made up of people energized around an experimental blend of hyper-progressive technology with lo-fi materials and construction. Never a style play, the swag of dork culture comes from doing – from being creative, smart, and clever. If you have a love of street culture and great design, the Dork Too is for you.

Key Features:

Retro-Modern.

A contemporary take on a clean timeless style.

It’s Re-chargeable.

Plug it in to your USB for on the go charging.

It Yells The Time.

A watch with a real personality, push the button and it yells the time and much more.

The Dork Too comes in black, gold, rose gold, and silver. It retails for $150.00 and launches globally February 2019, both in stores and online.

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

Catfish and the Bottlemen’s third album,The Balance, will be out Friday, April 26 via Capitol Records. The album is now available for preorder HERE.
In the breaks between electrifying outdoor and festival shows in 2018, Van McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert Bob Hall (drums), and Benji Blakeway (bass) retreated with Irish producer Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers) to carefully craft The Balance over a 12-month period. Recorded in seclusion at two locations Grouse Lodge in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire the band lived and breathed the album while residing together in rural isolation. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey (Florence + the Machine, Arcade Fire).
We loved living in the same place, says McCann. We were staying there the whole time, so we were waking up around each other and working until we needed to go to bed. Jacknife was always up. He was the first up and the last awake. It’s good when you’re completely engulfed in recording in a place like that, living together, because every day and all day it was about the songs. We had fun too; they were the funniest album sessions we’ve done.
The eleven-track album features the new single Longshot, which has amassed over 6 million global streams since its January 8 release, as well as the live fan-favorite Fluctuate. Fans will be able to hear these new songs live on the band’s upcoming U.S. headline tour which kicks off March 12 and will hit the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on March 22 and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on April 3. All tour dates along with the full album track listing can be found below. Tickets are available HERE.
In addition to the album name and familiar one-word song titles, the creative bridge between 2014’s platinum-certified debut, The Balcony and its gold-certified follow up, The Ride, has been reinforced by the band returning to San Francisco-based graphic artist Tim Lahan to provide cover artwork for a third time.
Practically of no fixed abode, Catfish and the Bottlemen have toured constantly since their formation, now over a decade ago. The past eighteen months have seen the band claim their place as a bona fide arena band at home, adding a sold-out UK arena tour in February 2019 to an impressive list of already conquered stages. Significantly, it also invited more quality time with global fans on tours to South America, Australia, Japan, and the United States, culminating in an electrifying main-stage performance at Lollapalooza in 2018. Long shot hints that the band’s rapid ascent to big hall players has crossed over to influence their time in the studio.

TIMEX’s Newest Launch

TIMEX is delighted to reveal their newest launch of the best-selling 1960’s TIMEX Marlin.

The latest drop features exclusive new color palettes and for the first time ever, a design specifically made for women.

The Gentleman’s Standard now extends to the Ladies Choice. This reissue of our classic 1960s timepiece pairs the purity and pleasure of a hand-wound mechanical movement with the timeless sophistication of a sleek design. Now available with rose-gold details and a white leather strap. Sold exclusively on TIMEX.com

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Timex Marlin Women’s

Timex.com Exclusive– $199

Hand-Wound Movement

Stainless Steel Case with Rose-Gold Tone Finish

Silver-Tone Dial

Domed Acrylic Crystal

Genuine Leather White strap

Water Resistant to 30M

43mm Case Size / 18mm Lug  Width

New for men, hot on the heels of the Marlin Blackout, the Timex + Todd Snyder Marlin Mesh–the latest collaboration in the brands’ ongoing partnership–is an elevated yet sporty take on the gentleman’s standard, with its stainless–steel case, silver-tone dial and stainless-steel mesh band.

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TODD SNYDER Colorway– $209

Hand-Wound Movement

Stainless Steel Case

Silver-Tone Dial

Domed Acrylic Crystal

Stainless Steel Mesh Band

Water Resistant to 30M

34mm Case Size / 18mm Lug Width

The Limited edition at Mr. Porter brings elegant flair to the Marlin with a show-stopping gold tone case, paired with a lizard grain leather strap–making a classic and refined look that is made for sipping martinis.

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MR. PORTER Colorway– $199

Hand-wound Movement

Stainless Steel Case with Gold-tone Finish

Silver-Tone Dial

Domed Acrylic Crystal

Genuine Leather Strap with Black Lizard Grain Pattern

Water Resistant to 30M

34mm Case Size / 18mm Lug Width

OLYMPICS x LIVE STREAM

The Winter Olympics in South Korea may be 14 time zones removed from the Eastern Time Zone of the US — but 43% of Americans say they plan to watch NBC’s live streaming content during the Games, with only 48% saying they did not have such plans.

A big chunk of the country — 63% — say they will watch at least some coverage of the Games, which begin Friday, February 8.  That is double those who said “no” (31%) to watching any coverage.

“That is a healthy number of people turning to devices other than television,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.   “You might call this the breakthrough year for streaming coverage making a big impact.”