You can keep your jewelry in pristine condition for many years by following these tips:
Wear your silver jewelry often. The oils in your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny. You can also wear your 14k gold or 14k gold filled jewelry often as these metals hold up to every day wear quite well.
On the other hand, exposure to chemicals can damage or tarnish precious metal, and may harm precious gemstones. Even everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, perfume, or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that permanently damage the surface of delicate or porous gemstones. There is a reason generations of women have been getting dressed with jewelry last, as a finishing touch.
Contact with household chemicals, perspiration, rubber, chlorinated water, or any substances which contain sulfur, e.g., mayonnaise, eggs, mustard, onions, latex, or wool, will cause corrosion and tarnish, so it is a good idea to remove your jewelry when doing household chores.
Direct sunlight also causes silver to tarnish, so be sure to take off your jewelry before you go sunbathing and never leave it in a hot car. Keep your jewelry as clean and dry as possible so NO wearing it when swimming or in the shower.
Proper jewelry storage is often overlooked. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser. That is asking for scratches and damaged gemstones. When not wearing your jewelry, keep it stored in the velvet anti-tarnish bag that we have provided you or keep it in an airtight plastic bag with anti-tarnish strips, chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a container of silica gel which are all great preventative measures. Make sure that the pouch or bag is stored in a low humid place.
While traveling, protect your jewelry from scratches and other impact damage by padding it in a separate box or case.
When cleaning your silver jewelry, gently use a silver polishing cloth on the beads and charms only to remove any tarnish. DO NOT use a liquid silver cleaner since it will damage the cotton cord and the oxidized beads. It will also remove the black lettering on hand stamped charms and pendants.
14k gold and 14k gold filled are usually life time products. They do not tarnish, de-laminate, or peel like "gold plated" or "gold dipped" products and do not tarnish as readily as silver. Many customers find that they never have to clean gold or gold filled jewelry at all. However, from time to time your jewelry may become dirty from every day wear. To clean the gold or gold filled beads, gently wipe clean with a microfiber or soft cloth. Also, a microfiber or soft cloth should only be used on the gemstones to gently wipe away dust and dirt.