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Jewelry Care Instructions

Caring for your Gemstone Jewelry

  • As a first step, let your jewelry piece soak for a few moments in a solution of warm water and mild detergent or cleaning solution.
  • Use a soft brush to gently scrub your jewelry.
  • A shaved matchstick or toothpick is quite good at picking out accumulations, but don’t be too harsh. Patience pays off.
  • When you’ve finished scrubbing, dip the jewelry piece back into the solution for one last wetting.
  • Then rinse in warm running water, preferably about the same temperature as your solution.
  • Radical temperature changes are dangerous and should be avoided.
  • Shake or blow on the jewelry piece to remove excess liquid, then gently polish with a soft lint-free cloth or chamois.

Nowadays, you can easily purchase toothbrushes with bristles designated “soft” or “extra-soft.” These are fine for cleaning most jewelry stones at home. However, avoid using any brush with hard, inflexible bristles or any toothbrush with bristles designated “medium” or “firm/hard.” Toothbrushes with “medium” or “firm/hard” bristles can potentially scratch tooth enamel, which has a Mohs hardness of 5. While most gems typically used for jewelry have a hardness greater than 5, gold and silver alloys commonly used for settings only have a hardness of 2 to 3. Platinum has a hardness of 4.5. A toothbrush with medium or hard bristles could easily scratch jewelry settings made from these metals.

  • Cleaning your gemstones after they get dirty is only part of proper care.
  • Pre-use care is also important. Apply your perfumes, colognes, and hairsprays before you put on gemstone jewelry. Not only will these chemicals reduce gem brilliance, the ability to return light, they can be highly destructive to some gems, such as pearls, which react violently to acid and alcohol. If possible, wear your perfumes and colognes in areas that won’t come in contact with your gems. In the case of pearls, try to keep them out of contact with skin, whether you’re wearing perfume or not.
  • Perspiration is inimical to pearls. If it’s impossible to keep your pearls away from your skin (if they’re on chokers or bracelets, for example), wipe them clean with a damp cloth immediately after wearing them.

Sterling Silver Care

  • Sterling Silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.
  • Sterling silver will naturally tarnish without care.
  • Use a soft jewelry cloth to polish - no cleansers!
  • Remove before bathing, swimming or cleaning.
  • Avoid chemicals, lotions, perfumes.
  • Remove sterling silver jewelry before handling anything with sulfur (like eggs) as they will speed up tarnishing.
  • If your item is hand stamped and the coloring has worn off, use a black sharpie to fill in the letters. Use rubbing alcohol to remove excess marker.

Copper Care

  • If your copper jewelry has been flame painted, alcohol ink coloring or has patina added, please ONLY CLEAN with a soft cloth (use of cleansers will remove coloring/patina)
  • For untreated pieces - first try warm soapy water.
  • If soapy water isn't enough - pour salt and vinegar over your jewelry and gently rub into the jewelry until any grime or tarnishing is removed. Rinse with water and polish with a soft, dry cloth.
  • If your item is hand stamped and the coloring has worn off, use a black sharpie to fill in the letters. Use rubbing alcohol to remove excess marker.

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