Jewelry Care Guide
You love your jewelry so of course you want to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips to keep it in tip top shape.
- Remove Your Jewelry Before Bathing - Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy.
- Finish - It is natural for silver jewelry to take on a polished finish from everyday wear. If you prefer a brushed finish, you can periodically refinish it with fine steel wool. To do this, gently rub the item with the steel wool in the same direction of the original finish. (Not suggested for jewelry with stones)
- Use Jewelry Polishing Cloths for Best Results - If your jewelry has a polished finish, gently rub the piece with a jewelry polishing cloth or polishing pad. Using tissue or paper towels can actually cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
- Use Warm Water to Clean Jewelry - Make a paste with water and baking soda to gently rub away tarnish. Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your own jewelry.
- Careful when using cleaning fluids, as hot water can cause reaction resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.
- Remove Jewelry during manual tasks like gardening or house cleaning. - Hard knocks and chemicals can damage jewelry. Even make-up or lotions can cause some metals to tarnish, react and/or change color.
- Don't Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spas - Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
- Contact Sports and Jewelry Don't Mix - Remember to take off any jewelry before any playing sports
Green Fingers - It can be a bit alarming if you just bought a new silver or gold ring and you notice your finger has a green/black mark under the ring. Don’t worry, this does not mean the ring was made with a lesser quality material than advertised .
While many people never have such a reaction, others do. The reason for the discoloration is that gold and silver are alloys and have a very small percentage of other metals in them, such as copper. These alloys make the metal stronger. However, that added material may have a reaction when it gets wet, exposed to lotions, cosmetics, pool water, etc.
The best thing to do is make sure to keep your hands and rings dry, clean, and away from chemicals. The discoloration on your finger will wash off with soap and water. Also, you can use a polishing cloth on the inside of the ring to prevent discoloration and keep it clean. Many times the reaction will stop occurring after a few days if you wear your jewelry daily. Others prefer to coat the inside of the ring with clear nail polish, or have the piece plated.