Basic Jewelry Care Instructions

Here are some basic guidelines that will help you preserve your little treasures. As jewelry can be affected by many factors, you should make sure that you keep your jewelry clean and well stored. Factors like humidity and heat may damage them severely.

To protect and preserve your jewelry, follow the guidelines below.

Wearing Jewelry

    • Remove Jewelry during tasks, to prevent physical damage or exposure to cleaning fluids and chemicals, especially bleach.
    • Wear Jewelry after applying makeup, as cosmetics, hairspray, lotions and perfumes contain chemicals that damage jewelry. Avoid spraying perfume or applying creams directly onto your jewelry.
    • Remove Jewelry at swimming pools, spas and at the beach as chlorinated- and/ or sea- water can react with metals causing color changes and even structural damage.
    • Keep your Jewelry away from high temperatures, sunlight and humidity.
    • Always protect your jewelry from scratching and knocks.

    Storing Jewelry

      • Keep Your Jewelry Secure. You should store your jewelry pieces separately in a pouch or within a soft lined box to stop them being scratched or tangled. While fabric-lined jewelry boxes are ideal, this can be as simple as using a shoebox and pieces of fabric. Ideally store your jewelry in a dark, cool and dry place and try to keep pieces apart, so that they don't rub together or tangle up.
      • Prevent Your Jewelry from Tarnishing. Sometimes jewelry tarnishes went it's not worn, especially silver and gold. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry.

      Cleaning Jewelry

        • Use Jewelry Polishing Cloths for Best Results. Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing clothe for best results. You can use a svelte or an old diaper, but the professional cloths are the best. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
        • Metal - Using a soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep silver, 18ct yellow and rose gold vermeil jewelry looking shiny and lustrous. A silver cleaner can also be used to clean sterling silver pieces. Ideally, store silver pieces in an airtight bag to help reduce tarnishing. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching.
        • Gemstones - Since many gemstones are quite delicate, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times. We advise cleaning your precious stones with a clean, soft, damp cloth after wearing. Very porous stones such as turquoise and emeralds should be cleaned using an untreated, dry, soft cloth only. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean gemstones as they can cause scratching.
        • Cord Jewelry - The best way to clean cords on our friendship bracelets is to occasionally wash the cord with a mild soap in lukewarm water.