Jewelry Care

Jewelry Care2018-06-16T00:33:34+01:00


The easiest way to keep your silver jewelry looking new is to store it in an air-tight plastic bag or a regular zip lock bag used for food. Another solution is to use a protective bag made from tarnish-proof cloth.

NOTE: Do not store pearls in plastic as they can darken. Instead, store them in silk or velour bags. If you have bead necklaces, store them flat rather than hung on hooks. Silk and other beading strings can stretch over time, weakening the strand and making it easier to break.


Silver is widely used in the creation of jewelry and accessories. 100% pure silver is too soft for wearing, so it is typically alloyed with other metals to make it more durable. It is the alloy of copper that causes Sterling Silver to darken over time. Sunshine, oxygen, skin oils, pollutants, and moisture in the air are the triggers that cause the chemical reactions that tarnish silver. With proper storage, silver doesn’t require routine cleanings.

Cleaning silver and gemstone jewelry:

  • Soap & Water – light cleaning; Fill a small bowl of warm water with a few drops of mild dish liquid. Soak your silver, rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Paste & Sprays – serious cleaning; Apply a bit of the paste or polish to the silver with a soft baby’s toothbrush. Once the paste dries, use a clean, soft cloth to remove the residue. Polish as needed.
  • Baking Soda or Toothpaste Method; Old methods used in much the same way as commercial pastes and sprays.

  • Ultrasonic Cleaners – power cleaning; Found in jewelry stores and should be used only by professionals.


  • Store jewelry separately so it doesn’t scratch other jewelry.

  • Avoid storing your jewelry next to a heating vent, window sill or on a car dashboard.

  • Always store bead necklaces (such as lapis, pearls, etc.) lying flat, as silk and stringing materials can stretch over time.

  • Before doing high impact sports take off your jewelry as you may scratch the metal or chip the gemstones.

  • Polishing Jewelry – Sterling Silver jewelry will polish up by rubbing or buffing it with a soft cloth. A dedicated silver polishing cloth is the best choice. These are two-sided, with one side for cleaning surface dirt and tarnish while the other polishes to a high shine.

  • When doing household tasks such as gardening and cleaning, be sure to remove rings and bracelets.
  • Put your jewelry on after washing and applying any makeup/hair spray. A good rule is last on, first off.
  • Take off jewelry before swimming. The chlorine or salts can cause damage to various gemstones and gold. Gemstones may become loose in their settings (and possibly fall out).
  • Store jewelry away from sunlight as the sun may fade gemstones.

  • Periodically check the stones in your jewelry. If they are loose or rattling, you risk losing the stones altogether. Prongs do wear down over time, so have the mounting “re-tipped” by a qualified jeweler.