Caring for Your Jewelry February 26, 2016 13:03

Caring For Your Jewelry

 

We hope you are enjoying the beginnings of Spring!

Spring cleaning has certainly entered my mind. Open windows have a way of showing you places that need freshening up in the home. That's one of the reason's I think it's a good time to review some tips and tricks for keeping jewelry sparkling year after year! They get worn throughout the seasons and can sometimes use a little TLC, too.

Gold and Gemstones.

Gold and gemstones tend to need a cleaning at least once a year, especially around the settings. To loosen grime first soak the jewelry in a bowl of warm water and a little mild soap, like dish soap or shampoo. Next, a soft-bristled toothbrush works great for doing a little detailed scrubbing in crevices. Rinse with water and let air dry to finish.

Sterling Silver.

Sterling Silver has a tendency to tarnish over time. Cleaning Sterling Silver uses the same warm water and mild soap mixture as you would use for gold, however Silver should NOT be soaked in the solution, as that could further produce tarnishing. Instead of soaking, dip a soft cloth into the soapy water and then wipe your jewelry clean with the cloth. If the jewelry is heavily tarnished you may need a stronger solution. In this case mix three parts baking soda with one part water, and mix into a paste. Then gently work the paste around the jewelry with a soft microfiber cloth. Rinse and pat dry.

Upkeep and Storage.

Jewelry should be removed before bed, showering, and exercising to prevent excess wear and tear. Store your jewelry in a dry place (not the bathroom!). You may even want to keep pieces in plastic bags to help prevent tarnishing.