Clean Silver Jewelry in Five Easy Ways

30 Oct

Customers frequently ask us how to clean their jewelry, so today’s post talks about a variety of ways to keep your jewelry sparkly!

Sterling silver reacts to differing ph levels of your personal body chemistry. You must take care not to expose your sterling or 14kt jewelry to chlorine, bleaching agents or chemicals. Your jewelry can always be cleaned with our polishing cloth, but if a deeper cleaning is needed use one of the methods below.

You can also bring in or send your jewelry to us for special ib love and have your piece look like new for $4.

ib designs cleaning silver jewelry   1. Alka-Seltzer: Let tarnished silver sit for a couple of minutes in a glass of fizzing Alka-Seltzer.

   2. Aluminum Foil: Line a small bowl with the foil, fill the bowl with hot water, and mix in 1 tbsp non-bleach powdered laundry detergent. Let silver soak for a just a minute. The chemical reaction with the foil will clean it.

   3. Ammonia: Soak silver for 10 minutes in a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup warm water. Use an old toothbrush to scrub your pieces, then rinse with water.

   4. Vinegar: Soak silver for 2-3 hours in a mixture of 4 cups white vinegar and 1 cup baking soda.

   5. Ketchup: A silver ring or bracelet can be cleaned by dunking it in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes.

With each of these methods you can use an old toothbrush to get in the crevices, then rinse with water, and use your ib polishing cloth.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Shop at ib designs

16 Jun

Top 10 Reasons to Shop at ib designs

 

These are our top 10 reasons to shop at ib designs. What are your reasons?

     #10 They have been voted best jewelry in the US Virgin Islands eight years in a row.

     #9 Who wouldn’t want to buy feel good jewelry?

     #8 They have the coldest air conditioning in Christiansted.

     #7 They have not just one, but three man chairs.

     #6 Word on the street is they have the best polishing cloths…ever.

     #5 You can say you bought something from the smallest jewelry store in the US Virgin Islands.

     #4 They let you drink in their store.

     #3 They provide free therapy sessions.

     #2 Hands down they have the best looking jewelers in the Virgin Islands.

     #1 They have a mirror in their store that makes you look 10 lbs thinner.

 

Our son Kenan graduates from The Good Hope Country Day School

11 Jun

Good Hope Country Day School GraduationWhen we opened our store in October 1999, our son Kenan Massicott was just 3 years old. My how the time flies when you are having fun!!! This past weekend we watched Kenan receive his high school diploma with the first graduating class of The Good Hope Country Day School.  While things in our lives have changed dramatically…all for the better…they still feel strangely the same at some moments. We still hold what is most important close to us, and we remind ourselves of what is truly fulfilling in life. We celebrate  having family and friends around us and sharing in the simple joys of life.

Through the years, Whealan and I have juggled being self employed and being present, engaged, and loving parents. We couldn’t have been more blessed to have four wonderful children. Nigel, Amy, Abbie, and Kenan are gifts that we were charged to care and nurture. We did our best at a job there certainly isn’t any manual for. Thankfully their strong characters have led the way and they each have unique gifts to offer the world. Thanks kids!!!

As we embark on this next chapter, I find people are often asking me what I am going to do with an empty nest. To tell you the truth I am not 100% sure of the answer, but for right now I think we will fill it with new memories, celebrate the old, and cherish the whole experience. As they say…enjoy the ride!!!

 

 

 

VI Nice Pressure in St. Croix

3 Jun

Come celebrate our beautiful St. Croix with us! Check out this track, VI Nice by Pressure, which was co produced with 0ur dear friend Alfred “Tippy” Laurent and recorded at Aqua Sound in St. Croix. We are happy to partner with the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and honor the USVI Nice certificates. These certificates are valued at $50 and can help you choose a very special piece while visiting St. Croix. Come visit, fall in love with the island, and catch the St. Croix vibe!

 

Life’s Little Moments

19 May

ib designs kenan and kris

There is no greater gift than being a mother. Kenan was 3 years old when we opened our shop and people still talk about when he used to hang out in the store. Well the days have gone by and he continues to bless us each day with his honesty, wit, and authenticity. Be sure to be present in your exchanges with those you love and hold dear. For this life comes but once so make sure you are living it consciously!

On Children
 Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.