Caring for Your Jewelry

IMG_0249.JPG

With a few simple steps, you can keep your jewelry in great shape and enjoy it for years to come.  Sterling naturally tarnishes due to reactions with the air, moisture, one's body chemistry, and other environmental factors.  Following are a few tips to keep your jewelry in great shape.

Sterling Silver, Gold, and Gold Filled:

1)    Store jewelry away from direct sunlight and in the small plastic bag that was included with your item.  It has been specially treated (along with the small black tab) to prevent tarnish. *Do NOT store jewelry long term in the gift box it came in, as they can trap moisture

2)    Put your jewelry on last after lotions, perfume, makeup and hair products.

3)  Remove jewelry before showering, swimming, exercising, and sleeping. 

4)   Each order comes with a small, reusable, polish cloth/pad.  Gently rub your dry jewelry with the pad to remove discoloration as often as needed.  Additional polish pads and large polish cloths are available for purchase HERE.

5)    Gently wash items in warm, soapy warm to remove dirt and residue if needed.  Use a non-abrasive liquid soap such as Dawn.  Rinse items well and pat dry with a soft cloth.

*Tip- Have you ever seen the small silica bead packs that come in new product packages?  They are usually just an inch or so wide and are usually labeled: "Desiccant Silica Gel, do not eat"-.  They can be found in pill bottles, shoe boxes, purses, etc.  Silica actually absorbs and holds water vapor.  Therefore, they are great to throw in jewelry boxes/drawers as well to help remove moisture and prevent tarnish.  

*Please note, everyone's environment and body chemistry can react differently to sterling silver/ gold filled products.  Therefore, while one person's charm may not tarnish for months or years, another person's may develop tarnish within weeks.  It is best to use the polish pad at the very first sign of discoloration.

 

Cleaning *Sterling Silver Chains* Quickly

Can't find your polish pad or having trouble getting into the nooks of your chain/bracelet?  Follow this quick and easy recipe that uses baking soda, vinegar, salt, aluminum foil, and water for cleaning your sterling silver chains.

***NOT recommended for charms, as it can remove the black/darkened letters, or crystals, gems, or gold***

 

Cleaning Gold Plated Jewelry

1)  Store jewelry away from direct sunlight and in the small plastic bag that was included with your item.  It has been specially treated (along with the small black tab) to prevent tarnish. *Do NOT store jewelry long term in the gift box it came in, as they can trap moisture

2)  Put your jewelry on last after lotions, perfume, makeup and hair products.

3)  Remove jewelry before showering, swimming, exercising, and sleeping. 

4)  Gently wash items in warm, soapy warm to remove dirt and residue if needed.  Use a non-abrasive liquid soap such as Dawn.  Rinse items well and pat dry with a soft cloth.

5) If further cleaning is needed, we recommend a very quick dip in (Tarn-X for gold)  Do not use polishing pads or cloths on gold plate, as they can be abrasive and remove the gold.