Here are some basic jewelry care guidelines to make your jewelry last:
Remove Your Jewelry Before Bathing – Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.
Remove Jewelry During Tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
Put Jewelry On After Applying Makeup – Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
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 – Hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved. All jewelry should be removed before play begins.
The Best-Kept Cleaning Secret Ever – A nontoxic trick that works fantastic on sterling silver (no effect on silver-plated items) is as follows:
What You’ll Need:
- Small bowl lined with aluminum foil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup hot water
- Paper towel
- Old toothbrush
Directions: Add hot water to the bowl with salt and baking soda, and stir until the salt is dissolved. Add tarnished silver to the bowl for ten seconds (or longer if very tarnished). If built-up tarnish persists, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water and scrub gently with a toothbrush. Rinse with clean water after cleaning and pat dry. This recipe works by causing a chemical exchange known as an ion transfer.
Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewelry – Never clean any jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
Inspect Your Jewelry Regularly – Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it’s a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.
We hope that you’ve found these recommendations helpful, and that you will be able to enjoy your wire wrap treasures for many years to come.