Your jewelry is designed to age gracefully and require little cleaning. Follow these general guidelines to care for and store your jewelry:
- Remove dirt and oils with a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water.
- Avoid contact with abrasives and solvents as these may remove patina.
- Remove jewelry before going into the hot tub or pool. Chlorine blackens silver, and can even erode gold and diamonds.
For more details, read on.
WHITE SILVER CARE
Sterling silver jewelry naturally tarnishes over time. To help prevent tarnish, store silver pieces in a jewelry box, cloth or plastic bag whenever possible. If tarnish needs to be removed, use a polishing cloth (recommended) or commercial silver cleaner. For general cleaning, use a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water.
OXIDIZED (DARKENED) SILVER CARE
Many of my silver pieces have been oxidized to give them a darkened finish. With wear, high spots on these will eventually become naturally polished while textured or recessed areas will stay dark. This creates a lovely patina contrasting shiny and darkened silver that only looks better over time. If you'd like to maintain a darker finish for longer, remove jewelry when showering, working with heavy tools, etc.
Gold is great because it naturally stays clean and does not tarnish. However, lotion, makeup or other things in your environment from normal wear may make your jewelry dull. To clean, use a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water. It's also natural for your jewelry to get small scratches over time. This is just normal wear and tear, especially with rings. A professional jewelry store can polish up your jewelry and get your diamonds sparkling again in no time. (Note that an ultrasonic may remove some patina.)