To ensure your jewelry is around for the long haul, here are some best practices for care:
Remove jewelry before showering, sleeping, swimming, exercising or applying any moisturizers or fragrances. In this pandemic / post pandemic world, be mindful of alcohol based hand sanitizer; it can damage stones and wear down metal over time. Do not expose to continuous moisture or heat, like saunas, hot springs etc.
Gold - gold is amazing, it’s soft and strong - wash gently with dawn dish soap and baby (soft) toothbrush. Sunshine polishing cloth is a great tool.
Silver - Sterling silver will naturally tarnish - store you silver in a small plastic bag when not in use. You can also use those littile silica gel packs to help keep tarnish at bay. Sunshine cloth will help bring the shine back to tarnished silver jewelry.
Gold Filled - made of a solid gold layer bonded to a base of either sterling silver or base metal. The layer of gold on gold-filled items is 5 to 10 times thicker than that produced by regular gold plating, and 15 to 25 times thicker than that produced by gold electroplate. You can wash with dawn soap and use a soft, baby toothbrush. Dry thoroughly.
Brass - Brass is a great way to add gold tone without the price of gold. The downside is it tends to tarnish and darken with environmental pollution and humidity. Here are some natural ways to clean your brass jewelry.
- Liquid soap and warm water, wash to take the grime and dirt off, dry immediately
- Combine 1 teaspoon of salt into ½ cup of vinegar. Then add flour until the mixture becomes a paste-like substance. Rub into the brass and leave for around 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes are up, rinse the brass with warm water and dry thoroughly.
When you clean your brass jewelry go in the direction of the grain and dry immediately, water drops can leave “stains” that you will have to clean up.