STERLING SILVER JEWELRY CARE
You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often. The oils in your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny.
AVOID EXPOSURE TO:
- Contact with household chemicals, perspiration, rubber, chlorinated water, or any substances which contain sulfur. These will cause corrosion and tarnish.
- Direct sunlight also causes silver to tarnish, so be sure to take off your silver jewelry before you go swimming and sunbathing.
- Lotions, cosmetics, hair spray/products, and perfumes will accelerate tarnishing.
- Storing silver in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips is a great preventative measure to tarnish. If you can’t use plastic bags, try to make sure that the storage area has low humidity. You can also place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a container of silica gel in the storage area to minimize tarnish.
- Silver is a soft metal so do not store multiple jewelry pieces in the same bag.
- Link or chain bracelets should be kept unclasped or unhooked to prevent scratching.
- Simply polishing your silver works well when the tarnishing is not too severe. It’s also the best method for cleaning oxidized silver, as you can stay away from the intentionally tarnished areas.
- Silver is soft and can become scratched easily. You can use a special silver cloth to polish your items, but a lint-free flannel, microfiber, or other soft nonabrasive cloth will do as well.
- Do not use paper towels or tissues to polish your jewelry as they contain fibers that can scratch the silver.
- When polishing, use long back-and-forth motions that mirror the grain of the silver. Do not rub in circles, as this will magnify any tiny scratches.
CARING FOR JEWELRY WITH GOLD PLATING
Plating is a process where a layer of gold is placed on to coat the surface of another metal. Anything plated will eventually tarnish with time and wear.
Clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Do *not* use a polishing cloth or Pro-Polish Pad as this will strip away the plating.
If your jewelry needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and you may clean it with a soft cloth. Stay away from jewelry cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will make your gold plated jewelry tarnish more quickly.
CARING FOR JEWELRY WITH GEMSTONES
Step 1 Clean stones with hot, soapy water.
Step 2 Dry stones thoroughly with a soft towel.
Step 3 Some stones can be safely cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, other cannot. Some of the gemstones that are not suitable for ultrasonic cleaning are amber, coral, lapis, opal, pearl, pink tourmaline, iolite, peridot, citrine and turquoise.
Step 4 Rub gemstones with a smooth, soft cloth to remove fingerprints and environmental contaminants, keeping them bright and shining.
Step 5 Store stones away from intense heat and light.
PATINA COPPER CARE
Patinas has been sealed with a protective coating to preserve the unique look. To protect the patina do not expose jewelry to water, chemicals, lotions, or soaps. The patina will change over time with wear.