questionschallenge: white gold hinged/huggie earrings

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I had good luck finding what I was looking for (a pair of 14k gold thin twisted hoops 1.5") by using thefind.com. They sent me to Buy.com and I used my Amazon account to purchase the earrings. Got them quickly and free shipping, plus had the added security of Amazon C/S if I needed it (and the fact I used my AmEx card. AmEx will eat a vendor alive if need be.).

here's what comes up looking for white gold hoops at TheFind.com: http://www.thefind.com/search?query=hoop+earrings+white+gold

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@lavikinga: I like to think Amex trains their customer service agents in the quiet assassinations.

Anyway, the first thing that pops up on thefind was this pair from Ross-Simmons, which is an extraordinary online jeweler, they get my little invisible stamp of joy and approval,
14kt White Gold
http://www.ross-simons.com/products/014129.html

Sterling
http://www.ross-simons.com/products/423239.html

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This following link does not pertain to your request. This page from Ross-Simons is their Jewelry Samples. All this is one of kind. Jewelery Designers come up with dozens of designs, with very few actually made as samples, wether to show off to another company so their design is bought or they are hired or by means to keep their store with some thing new. only a fraction of those samples are made into mass production. The samples are generally broken down and reused. However in this case, they sell the samples:
http://bit.ly/bG85ri

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@catbertthegreat: Damn your eyes. You KNEW I was looking at this thread. Some of those were very unattractive, but others were just genuinely beautiful. I do not need more jewelry. Bad cat. Bad bad bad.

[Edi] Even funnier, the ad to the side was for Ross Simon.

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@catbertthegreat: That's just mean! The samples are beautiful.

I like the first earrings from Ross-Simons but I'm really trying to find something in a huggie style. I don't want to worry about having them on when I put on a motorcycle helmet, play softball, etc. Summer gets pretty busy & my hair seems to end up in a permanent ponytail. I want something that is low profile enough that it doesn't matter if I forget that I have them on but I'm 6' tall so not too small. I found a beautiful pair when I stopped at the jeweler the other day for a repair but $400 is more than I want to spend for these.

@lavikinga: The find is neat. I bookmarked that for future use!

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@catbertthegreat: I purposely didn't look through the offerings. I have a weakness for earrings. Ross Simon always has some gorgeous thing that I long for. NOT even going to look. Must.Not. Look.

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@catbertthegreat: Those first ones are NICE. I'd be all over them if they were gold.
I have to stop looking!

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@lavikinga: That's part of why I'm asking for help. These are going to be the most costly earrings ever if I keep wandering around jewelry sites!

@catbertthegreat: I think that these would be the most versatile if I can find them in huggie style http://www.ross-simons.com/products/014129.html. I'm really hoping for white gold, I hate silver tarnish during the summer & travel. Thank you by the way, so many pretty choices already!

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@glindagw: I hate polishing tiny silver pieces...because I am lazy. I've been using a simple and easy way of keeping my jewelry sparkling. I'll post it in my next comment. It's much cheaper than buying specialty polishes. @catberthtegreat: please pipe up if you can think of what jewelry it might damage. I've had no problems so far, although I do not clean my pearls with this. I don't like to get the string wet.

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1 bowl of cleaning solution (change servings and units)
Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon salt
* 1 tablespoon baking soda
* 1 tablespoon dish detergent
* 1 cup water
* 1 piece aluminum foil

Directions

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Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
2.
Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
3.
Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
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According to wire-sculpture.com, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.".

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Oops. Too bad I can't read. No vinegar in your solution. I do not know why I even thought that there was...

@glindagw: Actually, pearls (as you probably know) benefit from being worn. They lose their lustre if stored away too long. Storing them in silk seems interesting. I have a small strand of pink pearls from my mother. Perhaps I will make a little drawstring bag out of silk to put them in.

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@lavikinga: I have something similar that I use to clean my silver. Unfortunately it's not always an option when I travel. I've been places where my silver is a mess in under a week. This is my search for the all purpose earrings that will rarely be removed throughout the summer (or a trip).

Baking soda acts as a mild abrasive. You definitely don't want to use any sort of an abrasive with your pearls. Heat can discolor your pearls. I'm not sure if hot water would do it but I know that you shouldn't steam clean them.

The most important thing about caring for pearls is to wipe them with a damp cloth when you take them off. This will remove the acids from your skin, makeup, perfume & hair spray. You never want to wash them with anything more than mild detergent. I have read that you can restore the sheen with olive oil but I've never needed to try it. I store my pearls in silk and I think that it shines them a bit each time I put them away.

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@shrdlu: I pulled apart a lot of old silk ties for a quilt a few years ago. I used the leftovers for some very pretty jewelry bags.

I highly recommend storing pearl necklaces in a case or a box. It protects the pearls and reduces the likelihood that you'll get them tangled. I wrap my good pearls in a piece of silk before putting them away in their case.

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@glindagw: I have them in their own little bags, but the bags are made of felt of some kind. I just love the idea of using silk instead. I have plenty of scraps from other items.

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@glindagw: The solution is for soaking only. No rubbing needed, only a quick rinse after 5 minutes or so. It does amazing things with dime store costume jewelry. In fact, I have a stunning pair "silver" filigree earrings purchased at Walmart a few years ago that never fail to get compliments from total strangers.
@shrdlu: I've heard as well that pearls benefit from the oils from the wearer's skin. I must get mine to a jeweler to be restrung. I'd forgotten about doing that. Doh!

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@lavikinga: I understand that it's just for soaking but pearls can be touchy. I would feel safer sticking to milder cleaning agents. Pearls do benefit from the oils in the wearer's skin but you should still wipe them after wearing.

How handy are you? I found some directions on restringing pearls. Worst case scenario you end up taking them to the jeweler. http://www.karipearls.com/how-to-knot-pearls.html

By the way, I am still looking for earrings ;-)

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@glindagw: ooh, thank you. Bookmarked! Doesn't look too hard and I've worked with the fine beading needles before. I just might give it a try as I only need to find the silk.

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@lavikinga: Do you mean just silk thread? Like, silk thread on a spool? Or is there something special about it?

A) You have my email
B) I have every kind of sewing thing you can imagine, including silk thread

Just in case...

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@shrdlu: I'll have to go back and read the instructions in more depth on how to re-string pearls. It suggested silk or synthetic threads. I'll send up a flare if I need to. Thanks!

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@glindagw: I am officially out of ideas.

@lavikinga: Nothing your using can hurt metal and most gemstone jewelry. I'd keep it away from pearls(You know that already), mother of pearl, opal, chrysocolla, raw ammolite or any relatively soft, MOHS < 5, stone as the solution will probably break it down or damage it.