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  • 5 Eco-friendly ways to clean your jewelry 

    5 Eco-friendly ways to clean your jewelry 

    So, you’ve put off cleaning your jewelry long enough and you have some extra time to do it this weekend. After time lotions, soaps, and dirt can clog your jewelry settings and dull the chains, stones, and pearls. Even your most beloved items that stay in the jewelry box can accumulate dust. 

    If your favorite bracelets, rings, and necklaces need some polishing, you can clean them at home instead of dropping them off to us at Prairie Jewelers. (unless you want us to of course!) 

    We have obviously cleaned thousands of pieces of Jewelry over the years, but we got some help from one of our favorite house cleaning services in Madison to bring you some green cleaning solutions to ensure you won’t damage anything. 

    Mild Dish Soap 

    As many of you already know, dish soap can be a great eco-friendly option. Mild dish soap is a good cleaner for jewelry, including diamonds, silver, and pearls. While any dish soap will do, an eco-friendly brand that is free of chemicals is best. Sometimes those chemicals like ammonia can harm the finish on your jewelry. 

    For silver, Gold & Platinum - Mix dish soap with warm water. After that simply dampen a soft cloth in the solution and rub your jewelry with it. Once you are satisfied, rinse the jewelry with cold water. 

    Diamond Jewelry - Using the same mixture of dish soap and water we can take care of the bacteria, dirt, or hand lotion can easily get trapped in the tiny gaps and grooves in the diamonds and setting over time. You will need a soft bristled brush to get into those hard to reach areas. 

    Pearls - Pearls are a little more sensitive and you want to make sure you don’t scratch them. However, you can safely use this mixture of dish soap and water and place the pearls in the bowl for 10 seconds. After you can pull them out and dry them with a clean cloth and leave them laid out to dry. Finally you can place them back in a cotton back when you are finished. 

    Soap and Seltzer Water 

    Don’t gemstones have a beautiful sparkle? Well, it might be easier than you think to restore that sparkle to your precious stones like rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires. You can use the same instructions listed above for cleaning gemstones set in silver, gold, or platinum. Instead of using regular water, however, mix the soap with seltzer water instead. The carbonation loosens dirt and helps to dislodge any debris trapped in the metal settings and on the gem’s facets. 

    You can brush the stones and settings gently with a soft toothbrush. To rinse, dip in clear water or place your pieces in a strainer and rinse under the tap. All that’s left to do now is to buff your jewelry dry and enjoy that new looking sparkle! 

    Boiled Water Method for Diamond Rings 

    Boiling water is another method for cleaning diamond and gemstone rings without the need of chemicals. 

    -Boil your water in a pot. 

    -Place your ring into a separate bowl. (Pour enough boiled water into the bowl to cover the piece.) - Wait for the water to cool to room temperature. 

    After the water cools, remove your ring and gently scrub away dirt with a cloth or a soft-bristled brush. Make sure you scrub from multiple angles to ensure you get all the dirt trapped in hard to reach areas. 

    Finally, rinse the ring in cold water and pat dry. Please note: this method is not recommended for costume jewelry. The intense heat can loosen any glue, so keep that in mind before using this method. 

    Baking Soda 

    Baking soda can be a great natural and effective way to remove tarnish from silver. Mix three parts baking soda with one part water. Baking soda is a commonly used eco-friendly cleaner. While you can use it to clean many areas in your home, it works great on silver jewelry. It deep cleans silver and other metals to remove tarnish and bring back that shine.

    Wet your silver and apply the baking soda paste with a soft, lint-free cloth. Work the paste into the crevices. Turn the cloth as you pick up the tarnish. Rinse well and then buff dry. For gold, sprinkle some baking soda on the piece. Gently rub with a soft cloth for a few minutes. Then, rinse. 

    For cleaning diamond jewelry, place your pieces in a cup of hot water and add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Leave it for a few minutes, then remove the jewelry and dry with a cloth. 

    Vinegar 

    Another non-toxic cleaner is vinegar. This is a very common green cleaning product around your home, but it can also be used to make silver and gold jewelry look new again. 

    To clean gold, pour some vinegar in a bowl and then place your gold jewelry in it. Let it soak for 20 minutes or so, then remove the jewelry and spot clean as necessary with a soft-bristled brush. Be careful not to let it sit longer than 20 minutes because it can damage the metal. Rinse your gold afterward with room temperature water and dry with a cloth. 

    If you have silver jewelry that needs extra cleaning, dampen a cloth with a vinegar and baking soda mix. Rub it in the jewelry, rinse, and then dry with a cloth. Please Note: Never use vinegar on gemstones or pearls. Due to the acidic nature of the vinegar, it can damage them. 

    Easy Cleaning, No Harsh Chemicals 

    Now, you never need to be scared to clean your jewelry again. You can keep your jewelry looking great all by yourself using eco-friendly cleaning products to ensure you won’t damage anything.

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  • World's Third Largest Diamond Found in Botswana

    The world's third largest diamond was unearthed in Botswana earlier this week. 

    World's Third Largest Diamond in Botswana

    It is a 1098 carat-stone of gem-quality which is just under the 1109 carat-stone, which currently holds second place, that was also found in Botswana. 

    A similar sized stone sold in 2017 for over $53 million dollars. The government of Botswana Tweeted that proceeds from the diamond will be used to advance national development in the country.

    Botswana also had a 1,758-carat stone in 2019 but that was not deemed gem-quality. 

    So if you love massive diamonds, Botswana is the place to dig!

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  • Unique Men's Wedding Bands with Diamonds

    Men's Wedding Rings

    Men's wedding bands can vary from tungsten bands to elegant diamond rings from ring designers. 

    When it comes to symbols of a wedding, nothing else is as important as the ring. They symbolize an eternal bond and show love, support, compassion, and commitment to a couple's bright future.

    Check out Prairie Jewelers jewelry store in downtown Sun Prairie. Grab a drink and view some of the highest quality jewelry Madison has to offer. Choose from a selection of engagement rings, wedding bands, anniversary jewelry or even custom jewelry to show your love. 

    Prairie Jewelers is there for you even after you make your purchase with cleaning and jewelry repair.

    We look forward to seeing you, online or in person!

    With regards to finding the perfect men’s wedding band, their can be many choices to make. Gold, platinum, or silver men’s wedding bands are general classics, but there is also plenty of options for finishes from matte or polished patterns to hammered or brushed looks.

    We classified common metals using the following categories:

    • Scratch-Resistant
    • Crack-Resistant
    • Weight
    • Durability
    • Hypoallergenic 
    • Customizable

    Gold Wedding Bands

    Gold Men's Wedding Band

    Cobalt Chrome Wedding Bands

    Cobalt Men's Wedding Band

    Elysium Wedding Bands

    Elysium Men's Wedding Band

    Zirconium Wedding Bands

    Zirconium Men's Wedding Band

    Here is a chart to compare the different metals commonly found in men's wedding bands.

    Men's Wedding Bands Unique

     

    Different metal combinations can make your wedding band unique, and can be very customizable. You can begin to see how the possibilities are limitless when it comes to custom men's wedding bands!

    Men's Wedding Band with Diamonds that are Unique because of their combinations

    Men's Engagement Rings Madison, WI

    Serving the greater Madison area, located just a short drive away in Sun Prairie, WI. 

    Choosing the perfect engagement ring is obviously a big decision and the task can become quite daunting at times. You can typically get a pretty good idea of what you want by browsing our store online, but sometimes you want something a little more custom. Well, good news for you is -- Prairie Jewelers can help create and design your own custom engagement rings in Sun Prairie. Just stop by the store, Art and Mike will walk you through each step of the process. 

    Family owned and operating for over 38 years. Home to the largest selection of engagement rings in Madison, Prairie Jewelers is proud to be your trusted jeweler and engagement ring destination!

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  • Local Sun Prairie Jewelry Store, a Dream Come True

    Our jewelry store has been in continuous business since 1871 when Rudolph Schiller first opened his store.

    As the new owner of Prairie Jewelers, I am excited to continue the tradition of trust and quality that Mike has established for the last 38 years.

    Having worked for the oldest and managing the largest Jewelry Stores in Madison, owning my own store is a dream come true. Our store has a comfortable, low stress atmosphere where you can browse at your pace and know you're being treated with respect.

    I’d like Prairie Jewelers to become the jewelry store you think of for Engagement and Anniversary rings. It’s a pleasure to walk people through the process of buying their engagement rings as it can become quite intimidating.

    local sun prairie jewelers

    Sun Prairie, WI is growing so quickly, and has been our home for many decades. There is plenty to do in downtown Sun PrairieHistorical buildings, unique décor and apparel shops, spa services, delicious cuisine from across the culinary globe, craft beverages, the Sun Prairie Historical Museum, and city services are just a few of the things downtown has to offer.

    Here at Prairie Jewelers, we do everything in-house and onsite to your highest expectations. Do you need a Custom Wedding Ring made? I love my customers!! After the lack of weddings last year we are excited to see all the wedding rings we're selling. Whether you need a custom ring or a plain band, we can help.

    Jewelry repair in Sun Prairie, WI has been our best service throughout the years. We love seeing customers faces when they see their beloved heirlooms come back to life. Professional jewelry repair you can count on, from the very best at Prairie Jewelers. 

    The year 2021 has started off great and the support from the local Sun Prairie community has been overwhelming after a car accident unfortunately shut us down for a few days while we rebuild. 

    We have plans of rebuilding better than before, with a new style of store front that will give shoppers a great view. 

    Owning a jewelry store in Sun Prairie has been a dream come true and I can't thank the community enough for the support. 

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