- Always store pieces separately so that they won't damage or scratch each other.
- Put jewelry on after applying make-up, perfume, or hairspray. Often these items contain chemicals that can damage your jewelry.
- Remember to remove jewelry before swimming, soaking in a hot-tub, gardening, washing dishes, exercising or other strenuous activity.
- Pieces strung on silk or thread (i.e. pearl necklaces, bracelets) should be stored flat as they do stretch over time.
- Store Silver pieces in re-sealable bags due to the fact that oxygen causes Silver to oxidize (tarnish)
- Pearls and opals, however, should not be stored in plastic because they need to "breathe."
- Wipe all pieces with soft 100% cotton cloth after wearing and before storage.
- Clean jewelry regularly with mildly sudsy water, rinse really well, and pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Do not use commercial cleaners on the following stones: Amber, Aquamarine, Coral, Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Opal, Pearls, Shell & Turquoise
Monday, February 8, 2010
Storing and Caring for your Jewelry
Whether it is an heirloom or a new personal creation, our jewelry is precious to us! Here are some easy steps to take to ensure a long and shiny life for your jewels.