Caring For Your Jewlery Treasures
jewelry, of course requires special care
but it is also meant
to be worn and enjoyed! Or what's the point really? At Shimmerlings
we do the best we can to create pieces that do not require a great deal
of care to keep clean. To be perfectly honest, the best way to keep
silver from tarnishing...is to wear it on a regular basis. But alas
the elements do cling to jewelry when it is being worn. Not just dirt
or particles in the environment, but also in the air.
FIRST & FOREMOST, THE FOLLOWING GEMS NEED TO BE REMEMBERED....
These delicate gems require very gentle cleansing. They should not be exposed to ammonia (including vinegar or Windex type solutions), hot solutions, ultrasonic cleaning or any abrasives. Now for more general information....
Also, although I use a toothbrush to clean larger pieces,
please remember only to use a new, never been used toothbrush! Regardless
of how well you think you may have cleaned a used toothbrush, there
may remain a tiny residue of toothpaste on it which could harm your
jewelry...I am of the mind set that it is "better safe than sorry".
If you buy a brush for cleaning jewelry, then only use it for that purpose.
The gentlest ways to clean delicate jewelry is with:
Preventing and Removing Tarnish on Sterling Silver and other Metals
Because sterling silver and most other metals naturally darken over time, the occasional use of a nonabrasive polishing cloth (I use Sunshine Cloths) will remove all tarnish and return your metal to its natural glow. If you use any over the counter cleanser, please keep in mind that if your jewelry is oxidized (antiqued) these cleaners may remove that from your metal.
For plain sterling silver jewelry (with no stones), you
can also get good results using commercial silver dip liquid, polish
paste, or polish cloth. Although I wouldnt use these products
on jewelry containing gemstones too often, if at all. With the exception
of the stones listed above, below are the methods that I have used with
success to clean my finished jewelry creations. Again remember that
if a piece is oxidized or antiqued purposely, anything with ammonia
might damage that finish...
Keeping Tarnish Away
I recommend keeping your pieces in zip-lock bags, with a tarnish strip (available from most jewelry suppliers) if possible in the bag as well. Once I create a shimmerling, it is placed in a bag until it has been catalogued and photographed, then it is placed in my jewelry keeper with a tarnish strip until my next show. Follow the directions on the no-tarnish strip, generally it needs to be replaced every 3-6 months, depending on the air quality of where you live, and how often you wear it!
Keeping & Caring for Pearls
Pearls are soft compared to other gemstones and precious metals. It is important to take special care of your pearls to ensure they will remain bright and beautiful for generations to come.
Personal Care Products Can Damage Pearls
Cosmetics, perfume and hair spray all contain chemicals that can dull the luster of a pearl. The natural acids contained in body oils and perspiration can damage pearls in the same way. It is best to put your pearls on after applying makeup, perfume and hair spray.
Simple Steps to Protect Your Pearls
Wiping the pearls with a soft damp cloth after you wear them will ensure that they remain free from harmful build-ups of these compounds. Periodically, pearls should be washed with a mild soap.
Store Pearls Separately from Other Jewelry
Always keep your pearls separated from hard jewelry items, to prevent them from being scratched. Pearls are best kept in a soft cloth pouch or a soft lined jewelry box or compartment.
For the price of one box of store brand zip-lock bags
you could keep your jewelry safe and tarnish free for months and months
Sidhe Queen Scathach From the Isle
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