Gold Jewelry Care
All jewelry will develop a dull film build-up over time from the oils in your
skin, lotion, soap, powder and perfume. Gold jewelry can even undergo oxidation,
(depending on the karat grade used), from chemicals in the air. It is highly
recommended that ALL jewelry be kept away from harsh chemicals found in household
cleaning materials. Gold jewelry should not be exposed to chlorine bleach and
should also be removed before entering a swimming pool. Listed below are some
ways to clean your gold jewelry.
1. Mild Detergent - Use a mild dishwashing detergent, that
does NOT contain acid, (Ivory Dish Liquid is highly recommended.) and warm water
to make a sudsy bath. Submerge the piece in the mixture. Brush it with a very
soft eyebrow brush or toothbrush while it is still in the bath. Then place it
in a strainer under warm, running water to rinse. Dry your piece of jewelry
with a lint-free cloth.
2. Cold Water/Ammonia – Mix 50% cold water with 50%
household ammonia in a bowl. Soak the piece of jewelry for 30 minutes. Remove
the jewelry from the bowl and gently clean with an eyebrow brush or a very soft
toothbrush. Swish the jewelry in the mixture, again, for a few seconds. Let
it air dry on tissue paper.
3. Jewelry Cleaner Dip – Use a brand-name jewelry cleaner.
Consult with a professional jeweler beforehand for a specific assessment of
which jewelry cleaner will best suit your needs.
4. Ultrasonic Cleaning Machines – The Ultrasonic Cleaner
is a small machine designed to clean jewelry. There are many types of ultrasonic
cleaners. All of them consist of a cup that is filled with water and detergent.
The jewelry is placed in the cup that, in turn, is placed inside the machine.
When the machine is turned on, it produces high-intensity vibrations that create
the cleansing action. The Ultrasonic Cleaner is not for all types of jewelry,
especially pieces that contain certain gemstones. ALWAYS consult
with a jeweler before using an ultrasonic cleaner.
Silver Jewelry Care
Silver tarnishes easily. Tarnish begins as a yellowish tinge and may be removed
with little effort at this stage. Eventually, tarnish will reach a shade of
blackish-purple that is more difficult to remove. Rinsing your silver jewelry
in water mixed with a very mild dish detergent that does NOT contain acid (such
as Ivory Dish Liquid) is an excellent way to keep it bright and shiny. Other
cleaning options include silver polishing cloths found in supermarkets, hardware
stores or jewelry shops. Polishing creams or liquids may be required to remove
heavy tarnishing. Great care should be taken not to expose gemstones to these
creams and liquids as the chemicals may damage certain stones. These creams
and liquids will also remove any decorative oxidation and/or patina designs
from your jewelry. Therefore, it is always best to start out with a silver polishing
cloth. Store your silver jewelry in an *airtight container. (*Any moisture will
cause the tarnishing process to begin.) A zip-lock bag with anti-tarnish paper
is highly recommended.
Do’s and Don’ts:
1. Don’t allow silver jewelry
to come in prolonged contact with matches, rubber bands or anything that contains
2. Don’t allow silver jewelry
to come in contact with abrasive soaps, chemicals, perfumes, hair sprays and/or
3. Don’t rub silver jewelry
with abrasive cloths and/or cleansers. Silver scratches easily.
4. Don’t expose your silver
jewelry to prolonged periods of extreme temperatures or intense sunlight. (i.e.
window sills, car dashboards)
5. Don’t store silver jewelry
near a heat source.
6. Do use a soft jewelry polishing
cloth to prevent tarnish build-up.
7. Do remove silver jewelry before
swimming in the ocean and/or a chlorinated pool. (Chlorine may cause discoloration
to the silver. It will also cause damage to many gemstones and may cause them
to become loose in their settings.)
8. Do remove silver jewelry before
using cleaning materials.
9. Do remove silver jewelry before
engaging in exercise and/or sports to prevent scratching, denting or loss of
10. Do remove silver jewelry before
going to bed to avoid twisting, knotting and/or breakage.
11. Do remove silver jewelry when
doing cleaning and/or gardening.