Jewellery Care

Here are some tips to help you keep your jewellery looking its best so you can enjoy wearing it for years.  Each jewellery comes with a complimentary quality storage bag.  Storing your jewellery individually in each airtight bag helps reduce tarnishing, prevent scratches or tangles. Your jewellery should be kept in a dark, cool and dry place.  Do not let your jewellery come into contact with any chemical products.  Remove jewellery when showering, bathing or swimming.  Apply lotion, body oils, cosmetics, hairspray and perfume before wearing your jewellery.  Always remember that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off when dressing.

To clean your gold filled, rose gold filled and bronze jewellery, carefully polish it with a soft, non-abrasive and lint-free cloth; this helps maintain or bring back its shine. If necessary, you can soak your jewellery in a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free liquid soap and warm water solution for 1-3 minutes.  Remove and gently brush the jewellery with a soft toothbrush. Carefully rinse the jewellery with clean warm water and then thoroughly dry with a soft cloth.  Any remaining moisture will dull your jewellery.

Let's talk about the beauty of sterling silver jewellery.  Do you know, you can avoid tarnish by wearing your sterling silver jewellery often. The oils in your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny. With care, sterling silver can keep its brilliance for years and years! Here are some natural and homemade silver cleaner I find useful to bring their shine back.

Soap and water: Warm water and a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free liquid soap should be your first line of defense if the polishing cloth fails to remove tarnish. Soap and water should also be used to clean your pieces before using any of the methods listed below.

Baking soda and water: You might have heard that a non-whitening, non-gel toothpaste can be a good substitute for commercial silver cleaners, but nowadays these basic toothpastes are hard to find or distinguish from the toothpastes that will discolor your silver. Instead, make a paste of baking soda and water and use a clean cloth to apply a pea-sized amount to the silver and polish. For etched, stamped or detailed items, thin the paste with more water and use a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to get the cracks and crevices. Run the silver piece or pieces under running warm water, and dry with a clean cloth.

Olive oil and lemon juice: Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 tsp. olive oil in a bowl large enough to hold the cleaning solution and a small microfiber cloth. Dip the cloth in the solution and wring it out so that it doesn’t drip, then polish the silver, rinse, and dry.

White vinegar and baking soda: Use this gentle cleaner to remove heavy tarnish that’s preventing you from polishing your silver. Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (be prepared for the fizzing!) for two to three hours, then rinse and dry.

Baking soda, salt, aluminum foil, and boiling water: You can take advantage of a simple chemical reaction to clean your silver: all you’ll need is some baking soda, salt, and aluminum foil. Line a glass roasting pan or the kitchen sink with aluminum foil, dull side facing down. Place the silver pieces on top of the aluminum foil. Then pour boiling water over the pieces until they are covered and add 2 tbsp. each of baking soda and salt. Stir the solution to allow the baking soda to dissolve — you don’t want any granules scratching the metal.

The reaction causes the tarnish to transfer to the foil, and in about 5-10 minutes you’ll see the tarnish “magically” disappear from the jewelry. (Be prepared for the smell of rotten eggs, though, as the sulfide tarnish comes off the silver.) Using salad tongs or nitrile gloves (not rubber gloves, which contain sulfur), remove the silver jewelry from the hot water or drain into a colander. Rinse the jewelry with water, then dry and buff with a soft cloth. Voila! Your silver should be sparkling clean and ready to keep you looking fabulous.

Combination: If your pieces have very stubborn tarnish, you can use these treatments in succession to get them looking shiny again.

And remember, do not use any cleaners on your oxidized sterling silver jewellery or black sterling silver jewellery — stick to polishing cloth instead.

Never immerse jewelry adorned with pearls or opaque gemstones (e.g. turquoise, opal, carnelian, onyx), as this could seriously damage these softer stones. (Give these pieces a very brief rinse if they become too dirty.)

Even for jewelry with clear gemstones (e.g. blue topaz, amethyst, garnet), take special care when using cleaners: the chemicals could lodge under the gemstone settings or loosen any glue. 

Keep in mind to not keep jewellery with semi precious stones or gemstones, in direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the stones to fade and lose their colour. Amethyst, rose quartz, chalcedony and smokey quartz are just some of the gemstones that can become paler from exposure to sunlight.

If your jewellery are heavily tarnished and you don’t have the time to clean them, take them to a professional silver cleaner. Very old, fragile, or valuable pieces should also be cleaned by a professional.  Avoid using ‘dip’ polish or abrasive jewellery cleaners as these contain harsh chemicals and can destroy any jewellery over time.

To clean your handmade silk bracelet, hand-wash with a mild detergent and rinse with cold water.  Then dry flat away from direct heat.

To smooth out your silk bracelet, simply dip your fingers in water and run your damp fingers through the kinks a few times to help straighten them out. Lay flat to dry.