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Jewelry Care 101 - You Can Make Your Jewelry New Again!

Jewelry Care 101 - You Can Make Your Jewelry New Again!

Jewelry are usually kept nice and sparkly, but after after some time you will start to see it turn dull and seems to loss its shine. But there are ways that you can do to help it to regain its former dazzling self.

The steps are easy, but you must follow these steps closely, or you will risk damaging your jewelry that can be costly to repair.

Let's dive in and check out how!

CARING FOR STERLING SILVER

Sterling Silver Jewelry one of the most beautiful jewelry that you may have in your jewelry box. Clean your sterling silver jewelry to help it regain its shine can be done easily with these simple steps.

What you will need:

  1. Some soft 100% cotton (nub free) cloth or flannel cloth.
  2. Cup of warm water (approx 40 Degrees Celsius) for rinsing
  3. A pair of gentle hands to treat each jewelry with love and care

Steps:

  1. Soak your Sterling Silver Jewelry into the warm water for approx 15 minutes.
  2. Dab your jewelry dry with a 100% cotton cloth.
  3. Gently rub off any dirt and excess makeup from the jewelry with cotton cloth or flannel cloth.
  4. Dab your jewelry dry with a clean 100% cotton cloth to avoid any mineral residue from leaving on the jewelry.
  5. Your Silver jewelry should looks nice and shiny

Note: Silver is a very soft metal, like the tender skin of a baby you can scratch it if you aren't careful so don't rub it too briskly.

Never use anything but a clean 100% cotton or a special sterling silver cleaning cloth or very soft bristle brush, like a baby’s tooth brush.

Items that contains wood fibers or synthetics such as paper, polyester, and even coarse fabrics can cause tiny micro scratches in the surface of your fine sterling silver jewelry. 

Warning: Never use silver dips or any chemical agent to remove oxidation from your silver jewelry. These chemicals will leave small tiny pits that will cause your jewelry to turn dull and darken faster. 

Good Practice: Preventative care is the key to ensure your Sterling Silver Jewelry stay sparkly as long as possible. Storing your jewelry in a closed box or dry cabinet is always a good. Silver will turn back (tarnish) when exposed to air and water.

CARING FOR RHODIUM PLATED SILVER

Rhodium Plated Silver are one of the best fine Jewelry you can find in the jewelry industry. Not only the Rhodium plating provide the jewelry an protective layer that prevent the jewelry from turning black, it is safe to wear for people with silver allergy. Cleaning a Rhodium Plated jewelry is simple and easy to do.

What you will need:

  1. Some soft 100% cotton cloth or flannel cloth.
  2. Cup of warm water (approx 40 Degrees Celsius) for rinsing, avoid adding any form of soap.
  3. A pair of gentle hands to treat each jewelry with love and care

Steps:

  1. Soak your Rhodium Plated Jewelry into the warm water for approx 15 minutes.
  2. Dab your jewelry dry with a clean 100% cotton cloth.
  3. Gently rub off any dirt and excess makeup from the jewelry with the clean 100% cotton cloth.
  4. Rinse your jewelry with warm water.
  5. Dab your jewelry dry with a clean 100% cotton cloth to avoid any mineral residue from leaving on the jewelry.
  6. Your Rhodium Plated Jewelry should looks nice and shiny

Note: Although rhodium platting helps to prevent the jewelry from getting scratches as easy as the sterling silver due to its hardness.

Never use any polishing cloth or coarse cloth that will remove the rhodium plating protective layer. If the rhodium plating is removed, the jewelry will turn dark (tarnish) and losses its shine. You may need to ask a jeweler to help you do a re-plating of rhodium on the jewelry that can cost up to $60 - $80.

Always remember to be gentle with your jewelry, like the tender skin of a baby you can scratch it if you aren't careful so don't rub it too briskly.

Warning: Never use silver dips or any chemical agent to remove oxidation from your silver jewelry. These chemicals will leave small tiny pits that will cause your jewelry to turn dull and darken faster.

Don't ever place your Rhodium Plated Jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner! You will uncoat the protective later and damage the Jewelry!

Do not allow your jewelry to be in contact of ammonia based product as it will remove the protective layer.

Good Practice: Preventative care is the key to ensure your Precious Jewelry to stay sparkly as long as possible. Storing your jewelry in a closed box or dry cabinet is always a good. Most metals, including the precious metals such as silver and gold will turn back over time (tarnish) when exposed to air and water.

CARING FOR CUBIC ZIRCONIA

Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is one of the most popular precious gems used in the jewelry industry. With the beauty and brilliance only second to a diamond. Just at a fraction of its price, no wonder it is widely popular with some of the major brands. Cleaning a Cubic Zirconia Jewelry is very simple and can be done at the comfort of your home.

What you will need:

  1. A fine flannel cloth or microfiber cloth.
  2. Cup of warm water with mild soap (approx 40 Degrees Celsius) for rinsing.
  3. A tea kettle or any other methods that produce steam
  4. A pair of tongs or needle-nose pliers. (Careful not to scratch your jewelry when you are using your tongs or pliers)
  5. A pair of gentle hands to treat each jewelry with love and care

Steps:

  1. Soak your CZ Jewelry into the warm water for approx 15 minutes.
  2. Gently rub off any dirt and excess makeup from the jewelry with microfiber cloth or flannel cloth.
  3. Hold your CZ Jewelry over the steam to loosen the dirt (careful not to burn your fingers)
  4. Gently rub off any dirt from the jewelry with microfiber cloth or flannel cloth.
  5. Use straight, back and forth strokes to polish your CZ Jewelry. Avoid using circular motion as it might scratch the surface of your jewelry.
  6. Dab your jewelry dry with a clean soft microfiber cloth to avoid any mineral residue from leaving on the jewelry.
  7. Allow your CZ Jewelry to cool down and dab your jewelry dry again.
  8. Your CZ Jewelry should looks nice and shiny.

Note: If the metal of the CZ Jewelry is soft metal such as Silver or Gold. Always treat your jewelry with tender and care. Like the tender skin of a baby you can scratch it if you aren't careful so don't rub it too briskly.

Never use anything but a clean soft clean cloth made from material such as 100% cotton or microfiber to clean your CZ Jewelry. Although Cubic Zirconia is hard and are not easily scratch, like diamond care have to be taken when handling the precious stone.

Items that contains wood fibers or synthetics such as paper, polyester, and even coarse fabrics might cause tiny micro scratches in the surface of your precious stone. 

Warning: Never use any corrosive chemical agent or strong detergent or soap to clean your jewelry. These chemicals will corrode your Cubic Zirconia as it is carbon based, structured similar to a diamond.

Good Practice: Preventative care is the key to ensure your CZ Jewelry to stay sparkly as long as possible. Storing your jewelry in a closed box or dry cabinet on a soft surface is always good.

CARING FOR PEARLS

Pearls are very delicate and soft that need an extra special care. Hailed as the treasure of the ocean, colour and beauty that is unmatched and loved by the beautiful ladies of the land. Each pearl is unique in its luster and shape. Each precious pearl wore by the ladies bring forth the elegance and beauty that enchants the man of the land and sea alike. Cleaning these precious jewels of the sea will required the most love and care, but it can easy as ABC if you follow our simple steps.

What you will need:

  1. A soft 100% cotton cloth or fine flannel cloth or microfiber cloth.
  2. Cup of distilled water (approx 20 Degrees Celsius) for rinsing.
  3. A few drops of olive oil.
  4. A pair of gentle hands to treat each jewelry with love and care.

Steps:

  1. Soak your Pearl Jewelry into the distilled water for approx 15 minutes.
  2. Gently rub off any dirt and excess makeup from the jewelry with soft 100% cotton cloth.
  3. Rinse your Pearl Jewelry in distilled water.
  4. Dab your jewelry with a clean soft 100% cotton cloth.
  5. Gently rub your Pearl Jewelry with a soft cloth with some olive oil.
  6. Your Pearl Jewelry should have a nice clean glow.

Note: Always treat your jewelry with tender and care. Like the tender skin of a baby you can scratch it if you aren't careful so don't rub it too briskly. Pearl is very soft thus you should never store your pearls in a jewelry box next to any other jewelry. Pearls should be stored separated from other jewelry as the other pieces of jewelry can damage the pearls by scratching the pearl. Alternatively, you can keep your pearl in a fabric lined box or fabric pouch for best protection.

Skin will sweat and sometimes produces acids and salts that can harm your pearls. It is recommend to gently wipe your pearl after every wearing. Elegant necklace such as a pearl necklace worn by many ladies may absorb acid from the skin that will slowly eat into the pearl. This is the main cause of the pearls losing its luster. A simple wiping each pearls with a soft wet soft cloth will prevent dirt from accumulating.

Warning: As pearls are soft and easily scratched care must be taken when cleaning your pearl jewelry. Other things to avoid are chemicals and heat.

Never use ultrasonic cleansers, detergents, bleaches, toothpaste or even baking soda to clean your pearl jewelry. Only use ambient temperature water (Approx. 20 degrees Celsius).

Good Practice: Always take off your pearls before getting into shower or using any cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume and avoid heat and dry air. Pearl being both beautiful and unique, is also very fragile and delicate. Heat and chemicals can cause pearls to turn brown, dry out, and crack.

Tips: A secret to ensure your pearl luster is to use a drop of olive oil on your cleansing cloth to help maintain your pearls’ luster.

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