In This Issue: What’s New – Show Schedule – Fun Facts
Greetings from KIM’S GOLD DUST, the 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.
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 of Ladies’ and Men’s Jewelry and Accessories.
Come visit us at the Carlisle Ford Nationals on July 31- August 2 (NEW DATES) at Carlisle, PA. This is the largest all-Ford show in the world and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. 2020 marks the 15th Anniversary of the 2005 Ford GT and they’re celebrating at Ford Nationals! Our booth will be located in Building T – Space BT14. You don’t want to miss this one!
THE CAR MAY NOT EVEN BE NAMED AFTER A HORSE.
Designer John Najjar claims that he first pitched the name Mustang after the WWII P-51 fighter plane. When he presented the idea, it got rejected. He later pitched the same name, now telling Ford it was named after a type of horse. The name was then well received.
Stop by Booth BT14 (Building T) at Carlisle Ford Nationals
KIM and the GOLD DUST TEAM (Jane, Carolyn and Toni)