Rubini Jewelers Blog — Costume

What to do During a Furlough, a Jewelry Take

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January 2019, Nation's Capital: we are under a seemingly never ending furlough. What small thing can you do to feel productive in your life? A jewelry ownership analysis, makeover and culling might be just the thing to get you moving in a positive direction.

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Value of Jewelry: Let's Get Sentimental

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The more living I get done, the more I recognize that although some things cost more, the absolute biggest determination of value is sentiment.  That means deep down, if you love a piece of jewelry for whatever reason, be it a piece of costume jewelry or a 5 carat diamond, then they have essentially the same intrinsic value.  The loss of either would be equivalently painful, simply for the fact that the item embodied a memory or a feeling for you. Thankfully, we can control our brains and thoughts and feelings and eventually it is possible to transfer the same 'aura'...

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Nickel and Silver Allergies and How to Cope: a Joanna Rubini Perspective

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Nickel and Silver Allergies and How to Cope: a Joanna Rubini Perspective
Of late, more and more folks are coming in with ring rot, without the usually cause of white gold ring.  We are seeing platinum rings that fit comfortably, that are still resulting in an allergic reaction on the wearer's finger.  Luckily, one of these customers actually went to a dermatologist and got tested to see what she was allergic to.  It was 2 very multi-syllabic chemical words...found in soap!  So hand washing is great, but if you have a sensitive system (see above re digestive health) then you might want to steer well clear of the chemical-laden soaps that are everywhere.  Maybe just try good old baking soda-coconut oil-tea tree oil combo? It's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and artificial chemical-free.  When you wash your hands and synthetic chemicals get caught within the backside of your ring, you too might have a reaction.  It's an easy fix, either way :o)

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