How to Take Care For Your Jewelry

Metal is particularly reactive in moist or wet conditions as chlorides combine with moisture and perspiration to form a corrosive element.  The best way to maintain the beauty of your jewelry is to take proper care of it from the beginning. Below are some tips on caring for and cleaning your jewelry:

How to care for Fine and Sterling Silver items?

1.  Always remove jewelry before showering or cleaning.
2.  Don’t expose silver jewelry to humidity as it speeds up the oxidation process that produces tarnish.
3.  Minimize jewelry contact to chemicals such as hairspray, perfume, body lotion, bleach, and the like.
4.  After taking off silver jewelry, clean it with a dry soft cloth before putting it back into an airtight container.

How to Clean Tarnished Sterling Silver?
Use a silver polishing cloth to remove oxidation from silver. Tissues and paper towels can cause scratches. If polishing cloth doesn’t work, wash silver jewelry (without gemstones or pearls) in warm water containing a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid. Immerse the sterling silver in the water and gently hand wash. Use a cotton swab for tight corners.  Thoroughly rinse and completely dry the sterling silver before storing, as moisture is one of the factors that contributes to tarnishing!

If the jewelry contains gemstones or pearls, do not submerge the entire piece into water. Instead, use a cotton swab with mild dishwashing liquid to wash only silver.  Again, thoroughly rinse and completely dry the sterling silver before storing.  

NEVER USE CHEMICALS as Chlorine bleach, denatured alcohol, turpentine, acetone, and ammonia are all harmful to gemstones and pearls. These chemicals can dull or even pit the surface on softer gemstones, like amber, turquoise, lapis, and many others.

How to care for Gold Plated/Gold Filled Jewelry?

Vermeil is the definitions widely used for items that had undergone gold plating over sterling silver with a fine layer of nickel in between the layers to increase the durability. It is very delicate but more durable than gold-plated jewelry. To keep your vermeil jewelry beautiful please keep in mind the following:

1.  Vermeil should be worn with care and taken off before spraying perfume, using lotions, and bathing, using harsh chemicals or going into a pool or hot tub.
2.  Store vermeil jewelry in an airtight container or food storage bag when not in use. This will help avoid scratches and premature tarnishing of the jewelry or oxidization of the silver underneath.

How to clean vermeil jewelry?
Clean your vermeil jewelry with a soft 100 percent cotton cloth or cotton ball. Use soft and simple strokes when wiping the jewelry.  Never try to clean your jewelry with any kind of polishing or harsh cleansing agent, as this may strip the gold off of the jewelry.  Rinse off dirt and debris immediately. Use warm water and a soft cloth to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on your jewelry from daily wear. Dry it thoroughly using another clean, soft, dry cloth before storing.

How to care for Gold Plated/Gold Filled Jewelry?

What is the difference between gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry?
Gold filled jewelry is 5% gold by weight, it is produced by permanently bonding gold with a core of base metal using heat and pressure. Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of 14K gold or higher onto the surface of another metal, most often copper or silver.

How to care for golf-filled or gold plated jewelry?

1.  Store your gold-plated jewelry in velvet, satin or any soft fabric-lined jewelry box and keep all your pieces separate from each other to prevent scratching.
2.  Remove all gold-plated jewelry before showering, applying lotion, make-up, hairspray and perfume as they cause a film residue to form, making jewelry appear dull and dingy.
3.  Remove all gold-plated jewelry before cleaning. Household cleaners and other harsh chemicals will reduce the luster and can permanently damage your gold-plated jewelry over time.
4.  Remove all gold-plated jewelry before entering swimming pools, hot tubs and before using chlorine bleach or any chlorine-based cleaning solutions. Exposure to chlorine can erode, discolor and permanently damage your gold-plated jewelry.

How to clean Gold Plated/Gold Filled Jewelry?
We recommend cleaning your gold-plated jewelry by buffing it with a soft cloth (suitable for GOLD) to keep it lustrous. Do not use commercial cleaners, as they may damage your piece and remove layer of gold on the item.  Also, if gold plated jewelry gets dirty and appear dull use soft cloth to carefully clean the item with a jewelry cleanser, soap and water, rubbing alcohol that contains ammonia.  After cleaning, rinse with lukewarm water and allow it to dry completely.