Many everyday factors can influence the wear and tear on your jewelry. Error on the side of better safe than sorry when it comes to taking care of your jewelry. We’ve got some important tips to help you keep your jewelry looking it’s best so that you can enjoy wearing it and look your best for years to come!
Jewelry pieces should always be stored individually, whether in a soft-lined box or a soft pouch so that the pieces don’t rub together, scratch each other or tangle amongst one another. Pay extra attention to the pieces with gemstones to ensure that they do not knock into one another when they are stored. Keep your chains fastened so that they can be hung neatly or laid down in a way where they will not tangle. Extreme temperatures or factors such as humidity can lead to your jewelry tarnishing faster. Your 18K gold and sterling silver jewelry should be kept in a dark, cool, and dry place. Over time and with wear, sterling silver will naturally become oxidized and tarnish. Storing your silver jewelry in a sealed plastic bag or airtight box when it is not being work will keep out most of the air that causes such oxidation. Storing your other pieces also in a zip top bag or cloth pouch will keep them safe and clean until you wear them the next time. Our jewelry is made to the highest quality standards to ensure the longevity of the pieces, but they are not invincible. Please take care in your pieces so that they will last a lifetime!
In general, clean your jewelry very carefully with a soft, non-abrasive and lint-free cloth. This will help maintain or bring back its shine. If there’s a bit of dirt or your gemstones are a bit dull, you can use a mild soap (not detergent) with warm water and a soft brush (like a baby’s toothbrush), then rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Make sure that your jewelry is completely dry. Any remaining water will cause the jewelry to tarnish faster.
Avoid using the dip cleaners, ultrasonic cleaners, or abrasive jewelry cleaners as these contain harsh chemicals and can ruin your jewelry slowly over time.
To best avoid letting your jewelry come in contact with harsh chemicals and other factors that will diminish its shine, your jewelry should always be the last thing you put on, and the first thing you take off when you are dressing/undressing for your day/date/event. Your jewelry is susceptible to damage from the effects of the chemicals in your perfume, hairspray, make-up, nail polish remover, body’s natural oils, moisturizing lotion, sun-tan lotion, deodorant, and many others.
Never keep your jewelry in direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause many gemstones to fade and lose their brilliant color. Stones like amethyst, rose quartz, chalcedony, and smoky quartz are just a few of the examples of gemstones that are affected by prolonged exposure to sunlight, and not a desired effect either…
Please do not swim, shower, or participate in any dirty or rigorous activities while wearing any of your jewelry. Remove your rings when you wash your hands. Chlorine, salt-water, and even fresh water can damage precious metals and gemstones by dulling or eroding them. They all have minerals or chemicals that can negatively react to your jewelry. Gold and Silver are particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine, which can permanently damage and/or discolor them. Soapy water when bathing and showering can also leave a thin film on your jewelry, which can make the metal seem dull instead of shiny.
Some stones can also be quite porous and/or soft (like lapis lazuli, tanzanite, or turquoise), which is why you shouldn’t leave these kinds of stones immersed in water or use any harsh chemical cleaners on them. Liquids, oils, and dirt can get into the tiny grooves or pores between the crystals and stones, causing permanent discoloration and damage. In addition, none of these pieces should be worn to the beach or other hot extreme environments either.
Some people get a rash or have an itchy reaction when wearing gold plated earrings or even sterling silver earrings. If this happens to you, try covering the post or scroll with some clear nail polish or nail varnish. It will eventually wear off, but you can easily re-apply it. We have created our products to be as hypoallergenic as possible for our customers; however everyone’s body is different.
While the general care guide we’ve provided above is a good starting point, there are a few cases where those rules don’t apply.
To help, we’ve created the care guide below specific to metal types and stone types.
Tarnishing is natural reaction when sterling silver is in the presence of certain minerals in everyday things like tap or saltwater, air pollutants or things such as leather, rubber, and chlorine. To remove any tarnish, we recommend routinely wiping your sterling silver jewelry with a silver polishing cloth. Regular wear of sterling silver jewelry can also help prevent tarnishing.
If you have heavy tarnish, you can easily remove it with warm water, mild soap and a clean, soft cotton or flannel cloth, a special sterling silver cleaning cloth or a very soft-bristle brush like a baby toothbrush. If you have a silver polish or dip-style cleaning solutions, we recommend that you be very careful with those, as they can react negatively with your stones especially Opaque stones. Make sure that after each clean your jewelry is completely dry. Pat them with a paper towel or use a hair dryer on medium/low heat.
Gold is naturally more tarnish resistant then it’s silver counterpart but can lose their luster over time. To maintain their brilliant shine, wipe your jewelry regularly with a polishing cloth.
To properly clean your gold jewelry, soak it in warm water with a little diluted dish soap (can be same one you use for sterling silver) and use a soft-bristle baby toothbrush to remove any dirt. After cleaning, make sure your jewelry is dried thoroughly by patting them with paper towels or using a hair dryer. Please restrain from using any abrasive cleaners. Some at-home cleaners, steamers, or ultrasonic machines can do more harm than good.
Gold-Plated and Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver:
Our Rhodium and Gold-plated pieces take longer to tarnish and lose their shiny luster. It creates a protective layer around the sterling silver, making these jewelry pieces look like white and yellow gold!
Just like any plated finish, it can and will fade over time and with wear, especially in a design’s elevated areas and sections that come into contact with your skin more frequently. Make sure you remove any of your jewelry overnight. Like all other pieces of jewelry, salt, chlorine and other solutions can damage the finish, so please remove all your jewelry before bathing, swimming, or washing your hands.
Diamonds and Translucent Gemstones:
Crystalline gemstones or Translucent Gemstones such as Amethyst, Topaz, Citrine, Peridot, or many others can attract oils (from your skin) or lotions (applied to your skin), which can often leave them looking dull and unattractive.
To clean your gemstones and jewelry, soak it in a bowl of water with a small amount of mild dish soap. If needed remove dirt around and behind the stone using a soft-bristle brush, like a baby’s toothbrush. Place jewelry in a strainer and rinse clean before thoroughly drying with a lint-free cloth.
Jewelry set with opaque gemstones such as jade, opals, lapis lazuli, coral or many more can collect dirt easily, especially if worn often.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or cleaning chemicals such as an ammonia or bleach on opaque gemstones. They should only be wiped clean with a jewelry cleaning cloth. They should not come in contact with water at all. Also, Avoid contact chemicals such as hair sprays, lotions, and perfumes by putting on the jewelry last after everything has set and dried. The stones will absorb the chemicals overtime and cause discoloration.
Pearls are cared for slightly different than other gemstones. The best way to really maintain your pearls’ luster is to wear them and wear them often. The body’s natural oils help the pearls maintain their beauty. Pearls should be worn alone and not layered with other jewelry as they can be scratched or damaged by other metals and stones.
Please keep them away from your chemicals like perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration, chlorine, salt-water, vinegar, ammonia, or dirt. These can harm your pearls and cause them to lose their luster over time. As always, we recommend that you put on your pearls and jewelry last, after using your hair products, perfumes, and/or lotions. After you’re done wearing them, gently wipe the pearls with a slightly damp cloth. Never wash them with an ultrasonic cleaner. We recommend that you wash your pearls periodically with a mild soap (not detergent) and a soft cloth. Rinse them in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to wick off the extra water and then pat with a soft towel. If your pearls encounter any food or liquid, immediately wipe them off with a soft damp cloth and dry with a towel.
Pearls require a little humidity. When you’re not wearing them, make sure you store them in an environment that is not too dry. We recommend getting your pearl strands restrung every 2-4 years.