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Taking care of your sterling silver

Jewelry CareSara GoldenComment
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Sterling silver is a classic metal, and a matte finish makes it feel well-worn and well-loved. I’ve been using it more and more lately (have you spotted it in the Starscape Collection?), and love that solid, un-plated sterling silver is pretty easy to keep clean, too. 

Looking to freshen up your silver jewelry? Try these tips:

  1. If it has a matte finish, lightly polish it with fine steel wool using circular motions. The steel wool mimics that matte finish while removing tarnish.

  2. If it has a shiny finish, use a polishing cloth (my personal favorite is this Sunshine cloth). Stones don’t like polishing cloths, though, so cover them up with your finger while you use the cloth.

  3. To get into nooks and crannies, scrub it with a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Always be sure to dry it well, because any wet spots will leave splotches.

  4. Take off your jewelry before doing any household cleaning. Those chemicals can quickly tarnish the metal and harm any stones.

  5. Wear it often. The natural chemicals in your skin actually help to keep it cleaner than when it’s stowed away.

Some pieces in the shop are plated sterling silver, so be sure you know the difference before you start scrubbing!

Any questions? Shoot me an email (sara@saragolden.com), I’m always happy to chat jewelry!

De-Stressing Holiday Travel

TravelSara Golden2 Comments
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Holidays are a great reason to spend quality time with family, especially the ones you don’t see very often. Or maybe you prefer disappearing with your closest loved ones, visiting new or remote locales where you can disconnect and recharge. Unfortunately, the getting there and coming back part can really color all those happy memories. Here are some tips, from me and some of my well-traveled friends, to make holiday travel a little less stressful:

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When I fly, I try to limit myself to one carry-on so I can skip baggage claim and get out of the airport fast. If you do need to check a bag, Tracy recommends putting emergency supplies in your carry-on: a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bathing suit; even if your luggage gets lost, your vacation’s not ruined.

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If you’re like me and you can’t go anywhere without jewelry, I recommend buying a jewelry roll or travel case to protect your valuables. They’ve got dedicated spaces and pockets designed especially for jewelry, and they let you bring options (very, very important 😉).

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Amy recommends bringing small bags of candy for the airline counter, gate, and cabin crew
on your next flight. You might be having a rough day, but they have to deal with everyone’s rough day. It’s a small gesture of thanks that can go a long way, and might results in occasional perks from grateful staff. 

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Suysel recommends having a photo of your passport and license on your phone just in case something should happen to the real ones.

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Peter recommends looking into gym hours or workout classes at your hotel or near where you’re staying. The holidays are all about overeating and lazing about (mine are, at least), and a trip to the gym can help keep you feeling balanced.


Hope these tips help make your trips more enjoyable, and have a wonderful holiday!