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    Cleaning Tips to Help Your Jewelry Collection Sparkle

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Even the finest jewelry will not be appreciated by friends and passersby unless it is sparkling clean. If you want your dealer-purchased gold necklace and diamond ring to look their best without having to schedule regular visits to a jewelry cleaning professional, you are in luck. Just follow these tips for the type of jewelry you wish to clean below.

    Diamonds
    A diamond is one hard rock, and cleaning it properly usually takes the power of designated diamond cleaner or an ammonia-water mixture. Mix one cup warm water with one-fourth cup ammonia, soak diamonds for 20 minutes, and then scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If only mildly tarnished, you may be able to clean your diamonds with toothpaste.

    Gold
    A great solution for cleaning gold consists of a couple cups warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing soap. Soak gold coins and rings in the mixture for 15 minutes, rinse with clean water, and dry with a lint-free cloth. If this solution does not make your gold shimmer again, gently scrub your gold with a soft-bristled toothbrush after soaking it.

    Silver
    Tarnished silver can be renewed with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Apply non-gel toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently work at bringing back that silver luster. Rinse, and repeat or try another silver cleaning method if you are not satisfied with the results.

    As you have just read, maintaining your jewelry’s luster need not be expensive. It does not even require fancy jewelry cleaner. If the reason you stumbled upon this post on jewelry cleaning tips is because you wish to get your gold and other precious jewelry looking good before you sell it to a Gaithersburg gold dealer, be sure to check out Coins of the Realm. To learn more about our gold and jewelry appraisals or process of selling to our experienced jewelers, call (301) 637-4390.

    The Steps of Cleaning Gold

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Gold may be endlessly durable, but contact with skin, soap, and even air can cause the precious metal to lose its gleam over time. If your gold is not looking quite as nice as it did when you first brought it home from the gold dealer, watch this video clip for tips on reviving its luster.

    The cleaning process discussed in this video clip involves common household items that you probably already have lying around the house, and it takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes to complete. Warm water, a soft-bristled toothbrush, a lint-free cloth, and a splash of dishwashing liquid are all you need to make your gold shine again.

    Are you a resident of Gaithersburg, Arlington, or elsewhere in the greater Washington, D.C. area who is looking to sell recently cleaned gold coins or jewelry? If so, call Coins of the Realm at (301) 637-4390 to work with an honest gold dealer who will work to give you the most money for your gold.

    A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Stamp Collection

    Last updated 17 days ago

    An age-old pastime for Gaithersburg hobbyists, maintaining a stamp collection can be exciting and rewarding. If you know that you want to collect stamps but are not sure where to start, follow the steps outlined below.

    Invest in the Right Equipment
    In order to tell real stamps from look-alike stamps and take great care of your collection, you should have a few tools on hand. Perforation gauges and watermark detectors can help you avoid purchasing counterfeit stamps. Steel tongs will help you with handling when soaking stamps. You will also want stamp albums and, if your collection garners enough value, a safe.

    Know What to Collect
    From collector series domestic stamps to vintage international airmail stickers, there is a wide range of stamps you can choose to collect. You do not necessarily have to pick just one type of stamp, but honing in on those that interest you or are of great value may make searching for stamps and organizing your stamp collection easier to manage.

    Join a Collectors’ Club
    A great way to start a stamp collection is to visit a reputable dealer for your first stack or two. To expand your access to stamps of all varieties and keep up with how the value of various stamps changes over time, subscribe to a stamp collection magazine or join a stamp collectors’ club.

    Care about the Condition
    If you want your stamp collection to have great monetary value, the condition of the stamps you collect cannot be overemphasized. Only purchase stamps that are crisp, centered, and otherwise in excellent condition, unless you see a stamp you love and do not intend to sell at any point in the future. To keep “superb” condition stamps in excellent condition, take care when handling your stamp collection.

    If you have money budgeted for getting your stamp collection off the ground, visit Coins of the realm to purchase an impressive first batch of stamps for your collection. A reputable gold and coin dealer, we have an excellent selection of superb-condition stamps for you to choose from. To learn more about the stamps in our inventory or our gold and coin dealing services, call (301) 637-4390 or visit our stamp store in Gaithersburg. 

    What is the Ten Percent Solution?

    Last updated 25 days ago

    At Coins of the Realm, we know that Gaithersburg residents come to us to get the best possible offer on the gold coins, jewelry, and collector’s items they wish to sell. As our “ten percent solution” demonstrates, the best deal they can find is generally what they get. We never, under any circumstances, take more than a ten percent cut on the valuables we deal. Compared to many of our competitors, this is small change.

    After appraising your gold, diamonds, or other valuable wares, we determine a guaranteed minimum price at which we will sell to potential buyers. If you are satisfied with the price, we will give you a substantial prepayment. The rest of your money, equivalent to the guaranteed minimum price if your items sell, will be issued to you once the sale is finalized. Should we sell your items at a higher price than the guaranteed minimum, you reap the benefits by getting 90% of the total sale price.

    Does our signature ten percent solution sound good to you? If so, visit Coins of the Realm in Rockville or give us a call at (301) 637-4390. You can also contact us online if you have any questions about our gold appraisal services. 

    Cleaning Tips to Help Your Jewelry Collection Sparkle

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Even the finest jewelry will not be appreciated by friends and passersby unless it is sparkling clean. If you want your dealer-purchased gold necklace and diamond ring to look their best without having to schedule regular visits to a jewelry cleaning professional, you are in luck. Just follow these tips for the type of jewelry you wish to clean below.

    Diamonds
    A diamond is one hard rock, and cleaning it properly usually takes the power of designated diamond cleaner or an ammonia-water mixture. Mix one cup warm water with one-fourth cup ammonia, soak diamonds for 20 minutes, and then scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If only mildly tarnished, you may be able to clean your diamonds with toothpaste.

    Gold
    A great solution for cleaning gold consists of a couple cups warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing soap. Soak gold coins and rings in the mixture for 15 minutes, rinse with clean water, and dry with a lint-free cloth. If this solution does not make your gold shimmer again, gently scrub your gold with a soft-bristled toothbrush after soaking it.

    Silver
    Tarnished silver can be renewed with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Apply non-gel toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently work at bringing back that silver luster. Rinse, and repeat or try another silver cleaning method if you are not satisfied with the results.

    As you have just read, maintaining your jewelry’s luster need not be expensive. It does not even require fancy jewelry cleaner. If the reason you stumbled upon this post on jewelry cleaning tips is because you wish to get your gold and other precious jewelry looking good before you sell it to a Gaithersburg gold dealer, be sure to check out Coins of the Realm. To learn more about our gold and jewelry appraisals or process of selling to our experienced jewelers, call (301) 340-1640.

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