Be Mindful of Your Jewelry
Jewelry Care Tips:
1. Remove your jewelry before:
- Showering or bathing: Soap can leave a film on your jewelry, making it appear dull. Also, avoid wearing jewelry when entering pools or spas as chlorinated water can cause color changes and structural damage.
- Performing manual tasks: Take off your jewelry before engaging in activities such as kitchen work, household cleaning, or gardening to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals.
- Applying cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes, and lotion: These substances can affect the appearance and integrity of your jewelry.
2. Keep Your Jewelry Clean
- Regular cleaning: Use warm water with mild soap to clean your jewelry. You can use a soft toothbrush if necessary. Dry your jewelry thoroughly before wearing or storing it to avoid tarnish. For general cleaning, an alcohol wipe can be used.
- Utilize your body's oils: The natural oils from your skin actually help prevent tarnish on sterling silver. So, wearing your jewelry regularly, especially pieces like rings, can help maintain their shine.
- Polishing cloth: Gently rub your jewelry with a polishing cloth to restore its luster. Afterward, wash the piece with warm, soapy water. The cloth can be used until it becomes completely black.
3. Store Your Jewelry
- Airtight storage: To maintain the luster of your jewelry and prevent tarnish, store each piece in an airtight environment such as a plastic bag.
- Anti-tarnish strip: Including a silver anti-tarnish strip in your storage container can absorb oxidants and prevent discoloration and tarnish.
- Travel case: When traveling, use a dedicated travel case to protect your favorite jewelry pieces from damage.
4. Be Gentle on Soft Stones
- Handle with care: Avoid dropping jewelry with stones on hard surfaces and refrain from cleaning them with silver cleaners, as this can damage the stones.
5. Collection Specific Care
- The Teton Collection: Pieces with a patina finish, like the night sky pieces, require extra care. Store them in an airtight container to prevent tarnish. Avoid silver cleaners, as they can ruin the patina. Use a polishing cloth to brighten up shiny areas, but avoid applying it to the sky portion. For other pieces in the collection, follow the general care instructions above.
- The Cedar Collection: In addition to the provided care instructions, you can use a cotton cloth or polishing cloth to give the pieces a shine. Super fine steel wool can be used but be cautious around stones. Clean with warm, soapy water afterward.
- The Blooming Lupine Collection: These pieces have a satin finish. Lightly brush them with a 3M microfine sanding pad to maintain the matte finish. To remove tarnish, dip in Brilliant Silver Cleaner for 60 seconds, scrub with a dedicated, soft bristle toothbrush, rinse and wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid soaking pieces with stones.
- Cuff Bracelet Care: Please refrain from bending cuffs. Adjust the opening slightly to fit your wrist, but avoid further adjustments. Pulling or pushing the ends too much can alter the shape, crack the metal, or damage the piece.
By following these care instructions, you can ensure the longevity and beauty of your jewelry for years to come.