Greetings from KIM’S GOLD DUST, General Motor’s Licensee for Corvette, Camaro & Chevy Bowtie jewelry and Ford Licensee for Mustang jewelry.
We hope that you and your family are staying healthy. Your health is extremely important. Please accept our condolences if you have lost family members and/or friends from COVID-19. We are all facing difficult challenges but not being able to say good-bye to a loved one has to be one of the hardest things anyone would ever face during this pandemic. I know we all miss seeing our family, friends at shows, the fun of driving to these events, eating out and socializing in restaurants, plus so many other things. Each of us have losses but I hope this time has also brought us closer to our immediate family and enabled us to appreciate them in a way that we might have never experienced. May we not take things for granted anymore.
What’s New in the World of Corvette Jewelry?
KIM’S GOLD DUST has been busy adding website updates that will make your shopping experience better. Ever want to add your KIM’S GOLD DUST favorites to a wishlist? Now you can! Go to “My Account” and fill out some pertinent information. When you navigate over an item that you’re not quite ready to purchase or maybe you’re making a purchase and the matching earrings or pendant is just out of the current budget, you can now add these items to a wish list. Hover over that wished for item with your mouse and click the heart icon. The item is now located in your Wishlist under My Account for when you are ready to come back and purchase it. Plus, it will make it much quicker for repeat checkouts. The second new feature is Compare, which is the icon that appears to the right of the heart (Wishlist) when hovering over an item. Now say for instance, you have found a couple earrings that you like, but would like to compare them side by side. Now you can easily do that with Compare. The third new feature is Live Chat. If we are not available to answer your question, you can just send a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We think you will find these enhancements extremely helpful to your shopping experience. If you have any questions or need some help, feel free to contact us. Give us your feedback, too!
This month we would like to give you some tips on Jewelry Cleaning and Disinfecting. We’re all washing our hands more frequently these days — or at least, we should be. I’m really tired of singing the birthday song twice, how about you? It’s one of the most important components of stopping the spread of COVID-19. But do you disinfect your jewelry? According to the CDC, studies have shown that skin underneath rings contains more germs than skin without rings. Yuck.
If wearing jewelry is part of your daily routine, cleaning it should be a part of it, too. Here’s how to disinfect your jewelry and daily accessories from Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group. Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is one of the world’s respected insurance rating and information sources.
Our Recommended DIY Jewelry Cleaner
Dish Detergent & Warm Water
The best homemade jewelry cleaning solution is a mixture of a few drops of Dawn dish detergent in warm, not hot, water.
Let the piece sit in the solution for a few minutes, longer if it’s very dirty, then gently scrub with a new, baby-size, soft toothbrush. To rinse, place the item in a new container of lukewarm water.
Make sure the water isn’t too hot or too cold, as some gemstones do not take well to drastic changes in temperature.
You can dry the piece off with a paper towel or a regular cloth, as long as you’re careful not to snag the prongs on the fibers.
How to Clean Gold Jewelry
A jewelry cleaning solution specifically created for gold is a safe and effective way to keep your gold in tip-top shape. Just make sure it indicates gold as an intended use!
Without any commercial products, you can clean your gold jewelry at home following these simple steps:
- Mix a bit of Dawn dish detergent in warm, not hot, water.
- Add a few drops of ammonia.
- Carefully brush with a new, baby-size soft toothbrush.
- Place in lukewarm water to rinse.
- Air dry or carefully towel-dry with paper towel or regular cloth.
Remember: gold is a soft metal. Be gentle during the brushing and drying processes.
Hazards to Avoid When Cleaning Gold Jewelry
Because of gold jewelry’s high chance of tarnish*, there are a couple specific substances to avoid:
Soap – Steer clear of any soap with unknown ingredients. Basic blue Dawn dish detergent is fine, but remove your gold jewelry before showering to avoid accumulating a film from other body washes or soaps.
Chlorine – Chlorine, especially at high temperatures like in a hot tub, can permanently damage or discolor your gold jewelry. Remember to remove it when cleaning with chlorine bleach, too!
*While pure gold does not tarnish, almost all gold jewelry is an alloy. Depending on the percentage of other metals mixed with the gold, there is chance for tarnish. Better safe than sorry!
Gold Jewelry with Colored Gemstones
Due to the characteristics of many colored gemstones, we advise asking your jeweler about the safest at-home cleaning method for any pieces with stones other than pure diamonds. Many natural gemstones are treated or enhanced after extraction, impacting how you should clean your jewelry.
If you need a quick polish before you’ll have a chance to visit your jeweler, skip the ammonia and give your piece a quick dip in the Dawn and water mixture. This method is safe for almost all colored stone jewelry.
We hope you find these tips useful from Jewelers Mutual. There are many more tips on their website and would encourage you to check them out. https://www.jewelersmutual.com/the-jewelry-box/using-homemade-jewelry-cleaner-avoid-these-3-video:
Don’t forget KIM’S GOLD DUST is still open 24-hours a day. One-Stop Shopping for the perfect Gift! No masks needed, no social distancing, contactless payment! Wide selection in every generation – Classic to Current (C1-C8).
The show schedule is continually changing due to health restrictions across the country. We will do our best to make our usual shows but we’ve already come across show cancellations and re-scheduling conflicts.
July 5-9, you should find us at the NCCC National Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Many tours, valve cover racing, track events, funkhuna, car show and other activities are scheduled for this week-long convention. We will be set up in the Vendor Mall area from Sunday through Thursday. NOW CANCELLED.
On July 16-18, we were booked to go to the Black Hills Corvette Classic in Spearfish, SD. The Sioux Falls Corvette Club has cancelled this event. But do expect us July 14-17, 2021 for their 50th celebration which should be a great experience for everyone attending. We are sure they will have special surprises and tours planned for that one.
On August 7-8, you’ll find us at the Corvette Expo in Pigeon Forge, TN. Our booth will be in the Convention Center, Space C-15. It’s been a while since we visited this event but very much looking forward to participating. Bad Boy Vettes is the featured Corvette Club this year. This event will have a Show, Sales Corral and Corvette Cruise along with Vendors. Hope to see you at this one!
On August 27-30, you should find us at Corvettes at Carlisle, Carlisle, PA in Building T, Space BT34. This event is the largest Corvette event in the world. If you have never been to this one, you need to go! It features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all Corvette generations and a huge swap area including a Manufacturers Midway and Installation Alley, plus all-Corvette car corral. It’s been said, “If you cannot find it here, you really do not need it!!!”
Out of the Gold Dust Fun Facts
FIRST CORVETTE WITHOUT A TRUNK? It’s funny to think about now, but from 1963–82 the Corvette did not have a trunk. The small cargo area behind the seats, a very tiny area in the convertibles, had to be accessed from inside the interior. Today such an inconvenience would not be tolerated, but it was for many years. On the 1982 Collector’s Edition model, Chevy finally hinged the glass rear window for better access.
Let us hope show season begins real soon, but until then stay safe and healthy!
KIM and the GOLD DUST TEAM (Jane, Carolyn and Toni)