Remove your jewelry before:
- Showering or bathing. Soap can cause a film to form on the jewelry, making it appear dull. Also before entering the pool or spa. Chlorinated water can react with metals causing color changes and structural damage.
- Performing manual tasks such as kitchen work, household cleaning and gardening to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals.
- Applying cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion.
Keep Your Jewelry Clean
Clean your jewelry regularly to keep it looking great!
- Use warm water with mild soap to gently remove any excess makeup or body oils. A soft toothbrush can be used when necessary but avoid stones. Dry thoroughly before wearing or storing to avoid tarnish.
- Always polish your jewelry with a 100% cotton cloth or a polishing cloth for best results. Avoid stones.
Store Your Jewelry
Sterling silver is prone to developing oxidation over time from exposure to natural oils and moisture.
- Store each jewelry piece in an airtight environment such as a plastic bag to maintain the luster of your jewelry and prevent tarnish from developing.
- You can also keep a silver anti-tarnish strip in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry.
- Traveling can be tough on jewelry, so it's wise to use a travel case to protect your favorite jewelry pieces from damage.
Be Gentle on Soft Stones
Some stones such as apatite are fairly soft making them unsuitable for rings and bracelets, yet perfect for necklaces and earrings. Handle with care as dropping pieces with soft stones on a hard surface could damage the stones.