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A gift now, an heirloom later

This Christmas, show your love and appreciation for the special people in your life.

Whether it’s your fiancé, wife, mom or best friend, a beautiful piece makes for an unforgettable gift. Rather than something they’ll forget in a year, it will be remembered and cherished for years to come. Here are a few exquisite pieces available at local jewelers.

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Up your jewelry game

Tips to brighten your bling
Is your jewelry losing its shine too quickly? You might not be washing it enough. There are many home remedies out there, but beware. Some tricks can damage your precious metals and gems.

1. Make your own cleaning solution
Use household products to clean your jewelry in the comfort of your own home. Simply grab a small bowl and line it with aluminum foil. Then add 1 tablespoon of salt and baking soda, 1 teaspoon of dish detergent and 1 cup of hot water. Let your jewelry soak for 10-20 minutes and then take a new toothbrush and gently brush your jewelry. Rinse each piece with water and your jewelry will be looking brand new!

2. Polish your gold jewelry
Cover jewelry with a light coat of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it and rinse clean. Keep in mind that gold is a soft metal, so be gentle during the brushing and drying process.

3. Storing pearls
You should always store your pearls separately so that other jewelry does not damage the surface, or you can wrap the pearls in a soft cloth or pouch. Pearls are organic and need moisture to preserve. To avoid cracking, keep pearls away from air-tight environments, since it will cause the pearls to become brittle and can damage the luster.

4. Know when to take it off
A way to make sure your jewelry lasts as long as it should is by knowing when to remove it. Always remove your jewelry when you are showering, gardening, in swimming pools or hot tubs, and before applying sunscreen or bug spray.