After searching for a while I have finally sourced magnetic and clip on earrings for girls to add to our large ladies range of non pierced earrings, the pearls are ideal for communion and bridesmaids.
I use silver dip, drop the jewellery in the dip, wash the dip off in cold water, dry with a fibre free cloth, then polish with a silver cloth
Silver is best kept in the dark when you are not wearing it to prevent tarnishing happening so quickly.
Here are some other options (I have never used them so can not recommend them)
Boil it in baking soda in a pan on the cooker (that sounds scary if you had stones with with glue they would be stones no more!)
Wash in diluted woolite
Aluminium foil & vinegar (no no no no!)
Rubbing alcohol – this could work, I clean my glasses with vodka and they sparkle
The tradition of wearing Pearls on your wedding day stems from the Ancient Greeks, it is one of the worlds oldest gemstones taken from the latin meaning "unique". The Greeks believed that pearls promoted marital harmony and symbolised happiness, chastity and purity.
In the Louvre in Paris there is a fragment of the oldest known Pearl which was found in the coffin of a Persian princess who died in 520BC.
Almost all Pearls sold today are cultured Pearls, the way they are created is slightly stomach turning for such a beautiful end result. A slight opening is made in a live mollusc and a tiny foreign object or even a small Pearl is inserted, this understandably annoys the mollusc and to protect itself it covers the object with a substance called nacre.
Once nucleation has taken place it is then added to a wire frame and suspended from a float into water. Ten or more Pearls can be cultured from a single muscle with various ranging colours.
Natural Pearls are an accident of nature and are formed randomly when a parasite becomes lodged and it covers the parasite in nacre, this can take several years (it seems to me being an oyster is not much fun, if they are not nacre-ing Pearls they are being swallowed whole in restaurants)
Why do some superstitions say Pearls can cause tears? Once the nobility discovered Pearls they all wanted one causing several small European houses to bankrupt themselves therefore leaving them in tears.
The moral of the tale is to buy Pearls for your wedding day that you can afford to avoid going bankrupt.
With the rise in debs and pre debs in Ireland we have a new range of affordable flower wrist corsages. Having a son that age I was fed up of paying for real flowers for girls that I had never met and suspect in some cases he had not either!
Designed to match our very large range of bow ties in every colour you can think of for debs and pre debs.
Hippocrates wrote that silver had beneficial healing and anti disease properties. The expression 'born with a silver spoon in their mouth' stems from health rather than wealth status, as children fed with silver utensils were believed to be healthier.
Early necklaces were made of mollusc, bone, shells, small stones, claws and animal teeth gathered from successful hunting trips and date back to the Stone Age 40,000 years ago.
They then moved on to wearing strings of shellfish around their necks (I think I prefer the thought of teeth)
The earliest examples of gold used in necklaces dates back to 2500bc and were found in Royal graves. After the fall of Rome necklaces were seldom worn until the 14th century.
Beads were introduced into necklaces as a form or barter with other traders. The Native Americans discovered mixing Turquoise with Sterling Silver, and for that we thank them!