Caring For Your Jewelry
Basic Jewelry Care
- Do not wear your jewelry in the shower or to bed to avoid soapy residue or accidental pulling on prongs.
- Remove jewelry before strenuous activity such as exercise.
- All delicate styles with accent stones must be treated with care to avoid reshaping.
- Do not expose your jewelry to chemicals like bleach, chlorine, hairspray, to avoid chemical reactions or breakdown of materials.
- Have your jewelry checked professionally every few months if you wear it constantly. Full eternity rings or jewelry with small little accents should be checked more often.
- In order to avoid snagging on clothing and hair please follow the first off last on rule - Remove jewelry first when undressing and put it on last when dressing.
Caring For Gold Plated Jewelry
In addition to the care tips above, please remember that anything plated will eventually wear away with time. However, with proper care, you can extend the lifespan of gold plated jewelry.
- Do not wear your plated rings while performing tasks that require excessive use of your hands to avoid bumping or scratching.
- Do not sleep with your plated jewelry to avoid sweat residue, tangling in sheets, or bumping on furniture such as headboards and night stands.
- Your skin pH also affects the plating. Some people perspire stronger than others causing the plating to fade faster.
- Do not wear gold plated items during strenuous activity to prolong the life of your plating.
To clean your plated jewelry: Gentle rub the surface using a soft cloth, such as the Tiger Gems ultra suede pouch, to remove any dirt or surface debris and to restore shine. Fill a bowl with warm soapy water. Use lukewarm, not hot, water. Add a few drops of dish soap that doesn't leave a film. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub in the tight places, especially underneath the stone. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Under the plating, your item is made of solid sterling silver. Over time it will eventually start to tarnish and will require maintenance. You will have to take care of it just like you would any piece of sterling silver jewelry and polish it with a silver cleaning cloth.
How to Clean Your Jewelry
Over time, all sterling silver jewelry will tarnish. The good news is that it is easy to clean. Here are three ways to make your sterling silver shine:
- Polishing cloth - They are relatively cheap and work well. Many come pre-moistened with cleaning solution.
- Silver polish/Dip/Cleaner - There are a variety of sterling silver cleaners on the market. If you are purchasing a professional commercial cleaner, please make sure it is designed not just for jewelry but sterling silver. You can purchase a polish, such as Goddards' Sterling Silver Polishing Foam which is generally a paste, or a dip. Squeeze a small amount of paste on a soft dry cloth and work into the ring, rinse off to remove the tarnish and the paste. Or dip for approximately 5 seconds at a time, until the tarnish is removed. Follow the packaging directions closely.
- Baking Soda - Create a thick paste with baking soda and a little bit of water. Use your fingers to gently rub the jewelry with that paste, then rinse it under hot water. Finish by drying the jewelry with a soft cloth.
How to Clean Your Stones
To clean your stones, mix 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. Let the jewelry soak in the solution for 2-5 minutes then use a small soft toothbrush to scrub away any dirt and grease. Clean the area under the stones where oil and dirt can easily get trapped. Rinse the jewelry in a bowl filled with clean warm water and lay on a towel to dry.
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