How To Care For Your Jewelry

How To Care For Your Jewelry

As with any product, the life span of your jewelry will depend on the care you give it. Here are some suggestions to help you keep your jewelry looking new.


GENERAL JEWELRY CARE

  • Clean your jewelry after each wearing with a soft cloth before putting it away. This will remove the oils from your skin and debris picked up throughout the day and help prevent tarnish.

  • Do not put your jewelry on until after you have dressed and applied any cosmetics, hairspray, perfume, lotions and other chemicals. These can dull and even harm your jewelry.

  • Do not sleep with your jewelry on. This causes unnecessary stress on the components and will make them more likely to break.

  • Remove jewelry before doing household chores, especially when washing dishes. Remember, many household cleaners contain bleach or other harsh chemicals that are harmful to jewelry.

  • Do not wear your jewelry swimming or in the shower. Avoid wearing it around chlorinated pools and hot tubs, salt water, mineral springs and suntan lotion.

  • When not wearing your jewelry store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

  • Keep your jewelry pieces separated to avoid scratching. I recommend storing each piece in its own zip-top bag with the air squeezed out and I provide one with each piece of jewelry.

  • Be sure to avoid chemicals like alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, acetone, hairspray, perfume and cosmetics.


SEMI-PRECIOUS GEMSTONE JEWELRY

  • Do not use dips or abrasive cleaners on gemstones.

  • Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia or other chemical solution to clean opaque gemstones like onyx, turquoise, and opals. These stones are porous and may absorb the chemicals causing discoloration.

  • Do not immerse your semi-precious gemstone jewelry in water.

  • Wipe them gently with a moist cloth and then dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth before putting them away.

  • Do not store semi-precious gemstones in direct sunlight.

STERLING SILVER and SILVER PLATED JEWELRY

Sterling silver, like other precious metals, can oxidize with time. But properly maintained silver jewelry improves with age and develops a lush patina. Treat your silver well, care for it properly and it will reward you with a long life and a lustrous look.

  • The best way to keep your jewelry from tarnishing is to keep it clean. If you put it away tarnished, the tarnish will worsen during storage.

  • Avoid abrasive polishes, dips or scrubbing tools. And remember, dips and commercial jewelry cleaning products will remove the antique patina and any oxidized detailing on silver, gold and copper.

  • For minor cleaning, use a soft silver polishing cloth.

  • Do not dry sterling silver with paper towels or tissues because they can scratch the silver. Always use a soft cloth.

  • Exposure to air, humidity and moisture causes tarnish. To minimize tarnish, store your piece in a zip-top bag with the air squeezed out.

  • A diluted solution of mild dish liquid and water can be used to clean your silver jewelry. Be sure that you dry it thoroughly removing all traces of moisture before putting it away.

  • Detailed Instructions: Sterling silver is an alloy containing metals that react with chemicals found in air and produce tarnish; high moisture levels, exposure to sunlight and contaminants such as salt water increase this reaction. Take steps to protect your sterling findings by keeping them in airtight packages, use tarnish-resistant products (such as tarnish tabs or strips) that absorb harmful chemicals, and store sterling jewelry in a cool, dry place. Most tarnish is easily removed by polishing with a mild abrasive or soaking in an anti-tarnish solution.

GOLD VERMEIL JEWELRY

Brighten it up with a jewelry polishing cloth.

GOLD FILLED JEWELRY

Lightly clean it using mild dish soap, water and a soft toothbrush. Be sure to dry it thoroughly when done with a soft cloth. You may also like to let it air dry for a time before putting it away.

COPPER JEWELRY

Copper tarnishes over time just like silver. If you like the antique patina, you can just keep it clean by wiping it with a soft cloth. Remember, dips and commercial jewelry cleaning products will remove the antique patina and any oxidized detailing on silver, gold and copper.

Exposure to air, humidity and moisture causes tarnish. To minimize tarnish, store your piece in a zip-top bag with the air squeezed out.