Tips on Caring Your Silver Jewelry

Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come. Owning unique pieces of beautiful silver jewelry is as essential as keeping them clean and untarnished. Please follow these steps to ensure your beautiful jewelry lasts a lifetime and make them shine bright like new!
WEARING
Tarnishing is not a manufacturing fault. All sterling silver (92.5 pure silver) will tarnish over time due to a process called oxidization. It starts by changing to a yellowish color first then to black. You can avoid it if proper care is given. Silver tarnishes typically when it comes in contact with perfume, colognes, salty air(humid weather), Sulphur, hairspray, chlorine and acidic skin PH (sweaty skin). The amount of tarnishing (oxidation) that occurs is dependent on the skin and care habits of the wearer.
  • Always wear silver jewellery at the end, after you are done applying makeup, perfumes and so on. Avoid spraying perfume or applying creams directly onto your jewelry.
  • We recommend removing jewelry when you shower, prior to bed or during sporting activities.
  • Keep away from extreme temperatures, humidity and sunlight, and avoid wearing your jewelry when using bleach
STORING
When you remove your jewelry at the end of the day, wipe it off with  jewelry cloth or an old t-shirt. To protect your jewelry, pieces should be individually placed in a plastic or cloth pouch or within a soft lined box to stop them being scratched or tangled. For the best care, store your jewelry pouches in airtight containers provided by us. The less the air and light your silver is exposed to when you aren’t wearing it, the less tarnish will occur.
CLEANING
Metal/ Silver
Polishing your Silver and German silver jewelry (metal alloy)using a soft cotton cloth is one of the easiest ways to  keep it  looking shiny and lustrous. You can use jewelry cloth or an old t-shirt. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching.
An easy household trick you can use is the white colgate paste. Just squeeze out your toothpaste, apply it on your dull silver jewelry and use a cotton cloth to rub it gently.  It brings back shine like magic. You can also wipe with vinegar or home made solution of salt and aluminum foil in the areas of blackening and greening of metal (greening is common in metal alloy jewelry after certain period due to copper).

**Although toothpaste might be the most economical and the best for cleaning silver jewelry, it can also be rough and may end up scratching silver items that are more delicate. It is advisable always to test your toothpaste on a small area first, to determine if you’re going to clean your piece of silver jewelry with toothpaste or any household items. Do not use gel tooth paste as it has no baking soda

Gemstones
Since many gemstones are quite delicate, hot water, chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times.

CHANGING NOSE JEWELLERY:
Always wash your hands with soap before you change nose jewelry to avoid any chances of infections. Then you can warm water or rubbing alcohol to clean the stem of the nose pin/nose clipon.
As nose is very sensitive area, we do not use fake metal jewelry. All our nose pins are made of sterling silver. Keep in plastic pouches after use to avoid oxidization. If it gets dull, you can use the colgate trick mentioned above.
GOLD PLATED JEWELRY CARE:
Gold plating on silver stays for 2 years or more if well cared for. You must keep in air tight containers and avoid exposure to water, sweat or  extreme humid condition to maximize its life span. Refer more details above.