Learn how to properly care for your jewelry with a few simple steps that will ensure your pieces look lustrous while preserving the metals so they last a lifetime.
To prevent tarnishing and oxidation, you should always wipe down your jewelry after you wear it with a soft cloth. This will remove oils, lotions, perfumes, and products.
The sulfur in the air reacts with oxygen, which speeds up tarnishing. So to slow this process down and prevent tarnishing, store your jewelry in an airtight container. A plastic zip bag works great for this!
Prolonged periods of moisture can be harmful to natural gemstones. If you get your jewelry pieces wet, simply dry with a soft cloth.
Invest in a polishing cloth. The easiest and safest way to your pieces gleaming is to use a polishing cloth. It won’t harm any gemstones and it’s quick and easy.
There are a lot of chemical cleaning agents out there for jewelry. Most are probably okay but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. An easy way to clean up a pearl or natural stone is using water, Dawn, and a soft bristled toothbrush.
Use of Machinery
Ultrasonics are generally okay but can be rough on certain natural gemstones. If you aren’t sure about a gemstones hardness, it’s better to avoid the ultrasonic as it could damage the stone.
Major secret here! Avoid tarnish and worrying about cleaning pieces by using Renaissance wax on your jewelry. The crystalline wax creates a non damaging layer to protect the metal from your skin. This of course should be applied every so often as the wax layer does wear over time.