Welcome to FavoriteBlings,
unique USA handmade
statement necklaces
since 2008.

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I'm a PayPal Verified 
seller and have
been an Etsy seller
for 9+ years.

I work hard to protect 
my reputation and am 
committed to upholding 
the highest standards in 
quality, sales and 
customer service. 

I've earned a 100% 
positive customer
feedback reputation 
as a 5-star seller 
at both of my Etsy shops,
FavoriteBlings and

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I enjoy creating fresh, 
original necklaces by 
imagining gemstone pairings, 
bead configurations, color 
coordination, finding high 
quality suppliers and fabulous 
components, learning 
new techniques, uncovering 
new tools and mediums, and 
staging and photographing 
the final fruits of my labors. 

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One Item, Let Me Know
Before You Buy 

So I Can Adjust 
Shipping Cost For You.

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You are my #1 priority. 
From satisfaction 
guaranteed, to honesty in 
my dealings, to great care
 in wrapping and shipping, 
I want your FavoriteBlings 
experience to be superb!

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Every USA handmade
gemstone necklace
, choker, 
bib, y-drop and lariat is 
designed to be a statement piece 
that's different, remarkable, 
jewelry that flatters
and empowers the wearer. 

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You get the best quality
jewelry components in 
USA handmade 
gemstone statement
necklaces, the best 
customer service, and
best jewelry gift selection 
for any occasion.

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Here at FavoriteBlings.com
You Get a Risk Free
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Whether it's a unique 
big, bold, lavish  
FavoriteBlings handmade 
statement necklace, 
gorgeous bona fide 
FavoriteBlings Retro 
bling, true Taxco Mexico 
solid sterling silver or 
awesome vintage
solid gold jewelry, here
at FavoriteBlings.com
you're covered right 
here with a 
10-day peace of mind 
Policy with any 
FavoriteBlings.com purchase.

So shop with 
complete confidence... 
for yourself or 
someone special, for
Christmas, Birthday,
Valentine's Day,
Bride or Bridesmaid,
Wedding day,
Mother's Day,
or no particular reason,
because it just feels good.

Your purchase here 
at FavoriteBlings.com 
is directly, securely 
processed at PayPal, 
even if you don't have 
a PayPal account.  

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My FavoriteBlings Retro 
section offers rare well 
made80s and 90s glamour, 
chic authentic vintage 
statement jewelry, 
NYC designer studio 
and solid sterling pieces,
true Taxco Mexico fine 
solid sterling silver 
artisan signed jewelry, 
solid 14K and 18K gold 
vintage dazzlers, and 
other hard to find high 
end legitimate sublime
retro jewelry classics.

So pick your era, make 
a statement -- exquisite, 
unique modern handcrafted drama, or authentic 
precious vintage.
Whether it's the 20th 
or 21st century, every FavoriteBlings piece is 
genuine, remarkable, and satisfaction guaranteed. 

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At Etsy, my 
shop still features rare 
authentic vintage and 
antique jewelry, 
genuine bakelite bangles, 
celluloid bling, 1940s 
seamed Cuban heel 
nylon stockings, 
19th century 3-D 
stereoview cards, tiny 
Little Leather Library 
books and more from 
the 1890s to 1990s -- 
see my other Etsy shop, 

Return Policy is 
different in my 
shop at Etsy -- so if 
you shop there, please 
read the Return/Refund 
Policy before you buy. 


I offer these topnotes of my research only as a starting point for safe handling and care of your lovely jewelry. 
This information is not all-inclusive, I offer just very basic hints for your guidance only. I do suggest that you 
check other resources for more in-depth recommendations, or consider checking with a qualified expert, 
gemologist, or professional jeweler. Meanwhile, here are some general do’s and don’ts that may be helpful 
to you.

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Remember, pearls are the only gems actually made by living creatures. They've been used as gems for
over 5,000. Cultured pearls are more fragile than other gemstones
, so to keep them in their best condition, 
be sure to handle them with the care they deserve. 

Keeping Your Pearls Precious -- First of all, an ultrasonic cleaner, hot water, or soaking your pearls in water
are all no-nos. And be sure to protect your pearls from hair products, perfumes, shower gels, sunscreens, 
body creams and lotions, personal hygiene products, insect repellents, chlorine, or home cleaning products 
or chemicals.
Avoid exposing pearls to hot water and extreme heat and be careful of scratchy surfaces or harsh jewelry 
cleaners that are not recommended to use with your pearls. (Best thing to do, put your pearls on AFTER 
your makeup, perfume, lotions. (And take off pearl rings if you'll be applying any body or hand creams.) 

Got Dirty Pearls? --
Wipe your pearl jewelry gently with a soft, clean damp lint-free cloth to remove 
body oils, perspiration, or any other residue. Or, try mild soap and water (like gentle Ivory Flakes). Be 
sure to dry your pearls with a soft, clean non-abrasive cloth and then air dry them completely. Or, you can 
also clean your pearls with a gentle chemical cleaner that's specifically formulated for pearls. You might 
also want to consider having a professional clean your pearls once a year. 

Storing Your Pearls --
Don't store your pearls in a plastic bag. Do try to keep them in a separate soft 
non-plastic bag, a special compartment in your jewelry box, or a softly lined container to prevent scratches. 
By the way, if you store pearls in a safe deposit box for long periods, you should know that the very dry 
safe deposit environment might cause your pearls to develop fractures or some slight cracks.

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Try to remember that many opaque gemstones can be damaged by heat, vibrations, chemicals, and ultrasonic 
cleaners, which can craze or shatter some gemstones, including coral. Avoid hot water, or soaking coral in water. 
Coral, and amber, are soft and porous, so be gentle.

Don’t expose them to hair products, perfumes, sunscreens, shower gels, insect repellents, personal 
hygiene products, chlorine, or any home cleaning products or chemicals. Also, try to avoid having your coral 
or amber come in contact with scratchy surfaces or harsh jewelry cleaners that are not designed specifically 
to be used with these gemstones. 

You can wipe your coral gently with a soft, clean damp cloth, then dry it completely with an absorbent cloth 
and then be sure to air dry. If your coral is mounted in a precious metal, you can still clean the metal with a 
soft jewelry polishing cloth, but carefully try to avoid contact with the coral.

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Again, remember that many opaque gemstones can easily be damaged by heat, chemicals, vibrations and 
ultrasonic cleaners, so be very careful to avoid using them, because they can craze or shatter some 
gemstones, including jade. 

Try to avoid hot water, or soaking your jade in water. Also to avoid exposing jade to hair products, perfumes, 
sunscreens, shower gels, personal hygiene products, insect repellents, chlorine, or home cleaning products 
or chemicals. 

Be careful to avoid contact with scratchy surfaces or harsh jewelry cleaners that are not specifically designed 
for use with jade. You can gently wipe your jade with a soft, clean damp cloth, then dry it completely with an 
absorbent cloth and be sure to air dry your jade. If your jade is mounted in a precious metal, you can clean the 
metal with a soft jewelry polishing cloth, but carefully try to avoid contact with the jade.

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The same lesson applies with turquoise, another gemstone that can be damaged by heat, vibration, chemicals, 
and ultrasonic cleaners, which have been known to craze or actually shatter some gemstones, and that includes 
turquoise. This also applies to other opaque gemstones like malachite, lapis lazuli, etc.

So always try to be careful. Avoid hot water, or soaking your turquoise in water. Don’t expose it to hair products, 
perfumes, sunscreens, shower gels, personal hygiene products, insect repellents, chlorine, or home cleaning 
products or chemicals.

Try to protect your turquoise from scratchy surfaces or harsh jewelry cleaners that are not specifically created 
for use with turquoise. Wipe your turquoise gently with a soft, clean damp cloth, dry it completely with an 
absorbent cloth, then be sure to let your turquoise air dry. If your turquoise is mounted in a precious metal, 
you can still clean the metal with a soft jewelry polishing cloth but carefully try to avoid contact with the turquoise. 

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First, a word on buying vintage plastic jewelry: Please shop smartly and try to proceed with caution.

For instance, some sellers are offering “bakelite” at suspiciously low prices, and it’s not until you see the full 
description that maybe they'll disclose it’s “French Bakelite” or "F Bakelite" which may mean "Fakelite". 
Bakelite repros are being made daily, most of the “Fakelite” is imported.

And when I see a “genuine bakelite” seller who has over a dozen different color combinations of EXACTLY 
the same design, it's hard to believe that the seller found pristine multiples of “rare” vintage pieces - almost 
identical duplicates of “vintage collectible” bakelite pieces - with the same pattern, composition, and size that
differ only in shades and colors, and all in “pristine” and “mint” condition. My alarm bells go off. Yours 
probably should, too.

Now, how to care for your fantastic plastics: I came across these suggestions on the web and share them 
with you. If you plan to buy or already own treasures made of celluloid, galalith, bakelite, catalin, or Lucite, 
you can help preserve your investment.

When storing, try to protect the old pieces from temperature extremes, direct sunlight, too much daylight 
(like an open cabinet that faces a window), and even cigarette smoke. Don’t store them in plastic containers 
or pouches. Instead, preserve them in soft cloths to keep the air off them. When you wear your lovely 
vintage plastics, be careful of hot showers, perfumes, chlorine, or other chemicals that could have a negative 
interaction with your jewelry. Above all, enjoy!!

Remember, moisture is the enemy of any type of jewelry, including and antique or vintage treasures. 
The same applies to some metals -- moisture brings causes rust, accelerates pitting on plated surfaces, 
causes opaque gemstones to discolor, produces verdigris, and other unpleasant symptoms.

Depending on your jewelry, some pieces require only a soft toothbrush, a soft polishing cloth, others can 
use a swipe or two with some simichrome. 

The only advice that may apply across the board is that when you're buying any products to clean your vintage 
or retro jewelry, be sure to choose cleaners that don't contain vinegar, ammonia, alcohols or acids. And avoid 
contact with soap and water and cleaning agents like Windex. These substances can harm non-precious jewelry 
metals, faux stones, and even gemstones. 

So it's up to you to do your homework for your own specific type of vintage jewelry. Once you have the basics 
to look out for, no matter what your vintage or retro jewelry is made of, you’ll be able use a cleaning product 
or method that’s just right for your special piece.

Now here’s a tip that applies universally: No stacking. Try to keep your jewelry pieces protected by separating 
them from each other. You can use a pouch, cloth or small box so that each piece doesn't interact with or scratch 
another. This actually applies to everything from pearls and silver, to your celluloid and bakelite treasures.

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Marcasites are set -- glued in place -- with jeweler's cement instead of prongs, and they're often surrounded by 
naturally dark areas. 

If you want to clean you glamorous marcasite jewelry without harming the stones and still keep the naturally 
dark areas dark, just be gentle. You can clean your marcasite jewelry with mild soap and water, then very 
gently wipe with a soft cloth. Of course, be sure to let them air out on a soft dry surface for complete dryness. 
You can also very carefully use a soft jewelry cleaning cloth. 

If you don't want to harm the stones, be sure to remove your marcasite jewelry if there's any chance of 
prolonged exposure to water. Marcasites don't like to be showering, washing dishes, swimming, or sitting in 
a hot bathtub with you. 

That's because these tiny diamond-like stones (iron pyrite) can fall out if they're submerged in water, or 
exposed to excessive heat, or dropped on hard surfaces. Besides, water, heat, chemicals and impacts, another 
enemy of marcasite stones is ultrasonic cleaners which can loosen the stones when they're jostled, and they 
don't like exposure to cleaning agents or chemicals. 

So there you have it - guidelines for preserving your precious sparkling marcasites so they can continue to 
light up for you.

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Sterling silver will tarnish when exposed to moisture, air, high humidity, contact 
with hair products, body lotions, perfume, makeup. There are ingredients and chemicals often used in daily 
household cleaning that can speed up the tarnishing process. To protect your investment, restore the bright 
sterling silver mirror shine, and protect your jewelry's luscious luster, it's a good idea to store your silver jewelry 
in a low humidity environment, keep it completely dry, store it in sealed plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips.

To preserve silver's luster, try not to swim, shower, or work out while wearing it, and put your jewelry on after 
you apply your body lotions, deodorant, makeup, etc. But even if you're diligent, at some point you'll still have 
to clean your lovely sterling silver jewelry. Polishing is the best way to clean it, and there are soft chemical-
infused jewelry cleaning cloths available that can help you gently preserve your lovely silver pieces. There 
are also liquids and pastes on the market made especially for sterling silver, which you might prefer to polish 
your jewelry with. Just try to choose a cleaner that's gentle on sterling silver, while not harming any of the 
gemstones you may have mounted in or on your silver pieces. 

Bronze, an alloy often used for jewelry, dates back to the 4th millennium B.C. and is made by 
melting and mixing copper and tin. Bronze is often used for exotic, elaborate, or vintage style designs, and 
does tarnish more easily than precious metals. As it comes in contact with moisture or skin, or just ages, 
it often earns a turquoise or green patina. 

First, try to wipe away tarnish with a soft jewelry polishing cloth. If you want more shine, don't use any 
household cleaners. Use just a dab of mild soap to remove any dirt, using a soft toothbrush to access hard 
to reach spots. Make sure you dry with a soft cloth, and dry in a cool, dry place, stored in closed plastic 
bags with an anti-tarnish strip. 

Copper has been used for jewelry for thousands of years and copper is thought to be the 
earliest metal man used to make jewelry. Closely related to silver and gold, it's a nonferrous mineral which 
has been used for millennia by many cultures. Copper jewelry - ranging from bracelets, cuffs, and earrings, 
rings, brooches, necklaces -- will tarnish or darken to an orange or reddish tint. But it should be a shiny 
pinkish color - it's in pure copper's DNA. 

There are ideal conditions for keeping copper jewelry clean and in good condition. So make sure that your 
copper jewelry is stored in a cool, dry place, ideally, stored in closed plastic bags with an anti-tarnish strip 
or wrapped in anti-tarnish paper.

Brass is a metallic alloy made of copper and zinc and forms of brass have been in use since 
prehistory for its attractive sheen -- isolated examples of copper-zinc alloys have been found in China dating 
back as early as the 5th millennium BC. Used for jewelry making, brass was selected for its bright decorative 
gold-like appearance, and even Plato said it was as rare and nearly as valuable as gold.

Before you try to clean it, make sure it's actual brass or maybe brass plated steel. Fastest way to find out is
use a small magnet. If it doesn't stick, it's solid brass. If the magnet does stick, it's brass-plated steel, the 
discoloration could be rust, not tarnish which you could buff away with very fine grade steel wool. 

Some folks like the patina of tarnished brass. If you prefer to see some shine, try using some plain ketchup. 
Put a little dab on a clean, soft cloth and apply to your brass item. You can use your fingers to just quickly 
and gently rub the ketchup over the whole piece, then let it rest for a minute. Then thoroughly rinse it all 
off. If you want more tarnish removal and shine, give it another round. After you rinse, gently buff the piece 
with a soft, dry cloth so its thoroughly dry. Then store in a closed plastic bag. Brasso works, too. And 
another thing, you might be polishing less often if the brass piece is rubbed with olive oil after you polish, 
it can retard tarnish. But if the brass item is quite old, you may want to consult a professional.

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This tip applies across the board - try to keep your jewelry away from moisture, showers, chlorinated 
swimming pools, cosmetics, personal care products, damp environments, scratchy uneven surfaces, heat, 
radiators, direct sunlight, a closed hot car, being stacked, pressed and shuffled against each other, etc. 
So it's a good idea to take off your jewelry before joining in active or contact sports. 

Gemstones - many gemstones, even opaque ones, are porous and may absorb chemicals, even soap, 
and the buildup inside the stone can discolor the stone.. Gemstones can be scraped by metals, and 
some metals can be scratched by your gemstones. So don't stack them in a drawer or jewelry box. 
Store them in soft, comfortable bags or separate them in small boxes or trays, so they're out of danger 
of heat, moisture, and bumping against each other.  You'll appreciate them longer.

Metals - any oils from your skin, any moisture, and even oxygen in the air can help accelerate tarnish 
on brass, bronze, copper and sterling silver. To slow down the tarnishing process, remember to wipe 
the piece with a soft cloth after wearing it, then store the jewelry in a plastic bag with an anti-tarnishing 
strip, which is sold by jewelry supply vendors. There are other anti-tarnish methods for bronze, copper 
and brass, like lemon and salt, baking soda formulas, vinegar mixtures, chemical cleaners, and a 
Sunshine metal polishing cloth (my favorite) -- just look into a method that appeals to you.

And remember, whether it’s Mabe or Akoya pearls, or it’s Bakelite or Celluloid, marcasite or lucite, 
genuine gems and precious metals, or lovely retro and vintage costume pieces, jewelry - of all flavors - 
does not like "wet feet", doesn't respond well to unauthorized chemicals, impacts, or close encounters, 
and behaves badly when it's “fried.” 

Again, these are just general tips. For more in-depth information or advice, be sure to consult an expert, 
a gemologist, or a professional jeweler. Thanks for visiting!

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10% of annual FavoriteBlings.com sales, plus sales at my FavoriteCollectibles shop at Etsy, go to 
Shriners Hospitals for Children, who provide hope and medical care to help  transform children's lives.

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