for your Jewelry
some simple things you can do to protect your jewelry:
- Apply makeup,
hair spray and perfume before putting on your jewelry.
- After each
wearing, wipe with a soft cotton cloth to remove make up and skin
- Remove jewelry
when gardening, cleaning or bathing.
- Do not wear
in a swimming pool or hot tub. Chlorine can damage various gemstones
and metals including gold.
- Keep away
from chemicals, extreme temperatures, and sunlight.
Some tips on storing your
- Store away
from heat sources and sunlight. The sun may fade some gemstones.
- Store separately
so each piece doesn't scratch the other.
- Store jewelry
with silver accents in zip lock plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips
to retard tarnish.
How to clean your jewelry:
can be safely cleaned using a soft clean cloth, preferably 100% cotton.
A clean old T-shirt is perfect. Warm soapy water (mild dish detergent)
can also be used but be careful with certain gemstones. Some can lose
their polished finish. If you are not certain, act on the side of
caution and only wipe with a soft cloth. You can use an unused toothbrush
dipped in soapy water to clean individual beads. Be sure to rinse
in fresh water, being careful not to leave any soap residue. Pat dry
with a clean cloth.
can be cleaned in a variety of ways.
silver cleaners: Be sure any gemstones in the jewelry can withstand
the chemicals in the cleaner. Read the label, and if in doubt, do
not use a chemical cleaner. Some gemstones that cannot be placed
in most commercial jewelry cleaners are: pearls, lapis lazuli, malachite,
opals, coral, turquoise, and others.
and water: Use a light solution of ammonia and water on an (unused)
toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly with water. Ammonia
should not be used on the same types of gemstones that should not
be cleaned by commercial cleaners.
- Jewelry polishing
cloths: Use lightly to restore luster.
How to keep sterling silver
way to keep your silver clean and shiny is to wear your jewelry
regularly! Your body oils help keep tarnishing and cleaning to a
tightly sealed in zip lock bags with no-tarnish strips. Change the
no-tarnish strips every 3 to 6 months, depending on how fast jewelry
tends to tarnish. The higher the humidity, the faster silver will