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Jewelry Care

Oxidized Sterling Silver Jewelry

Oxidized Sterling Silver is created by tarnishing sterling silver in a controlled fashion to create a dark patina consisting of a thin layer of silver oxide. The special surface treatment must be handled differently than regular silver or gold jewelry. Rubbing the surface many times eventually wears off the color. Do not use abrasive materials to clean, such as jewelry cloths (which contain polishing compound). The best method is to rub the jewelry gently with a soft cloth or soak it in mild soapy water, rub gently with your finger and pat dry thoroughly. Store the jewelry in a plastic bag as a precaution to reduce exposure to the elements. Try to avoid contact with harsh chemicals, like hairspray, perfume, bleach or chlorinated water – even sweat -- or the surface treatment may wear off. 

Gold Vermeil Jewelry

Gold vermeil is a special surface treatment consisting of a sterling silver base that is coated or plated with at least 10 carat gold. It is produced by electrolysis and must be at least 2.5 microns thick. Essentially, it is an expensive version of gold plated jewelry. Similar to other surface treatments, rubbing the surface many times eventually wears off the color. The best way to clean gold vermeil jewelry is to rub it gently with a soft cloth or soak it in mild soapy water, rub gently with your finger and pat dry thoroughly. Store the jewelry in a plastic bag as a precaution to reduce exposure to the elements. Try to avoid contact with harsh chemicals, like hairspray, perfume, bleach or chlorinated water – even sweat -- or the surface treatment may wear off. 

Anodized Titanium Jewelry

Anodizing titanium generates oxidation on the metal surface, bringing out the metal’s brilliant colors without using patinas, dyes, or chemicals. The color changes depending on the amount of oxidation. Like Oxidized Sterling Silver or Gold Vermeil jewelry, it must be handled carefully. Rubbing the surface many times eventually wears off the color. Do not use abrasive materials to clean, such as jewelry cloths (which contain polishing compound). The best method is to rub the jewelry gently with a soft cloth or soak it in mild soapy water, rub gently with your finger and pat dry thoroughly. Store the jewelry in a plastic bag as a precaution to reduce exposure to the elements. Try to avoid contact with harsh chemicals, like hairspray, perfume, bleach or chlorinated water – even sweat -- or the surface treatment may wear off. 

Gold Jewelry

Gold is resistant to rust, tarnish, and corrosion. Although gold is very strong­, it is better to wipe it with a soft cloth after wearing and store it in a plastic bag or a box. To clean gold jewelry, use a polishing cloth and liquid jewelry cleaning solution. If the jewelry contains stones you must take extra precaution. Organic or porous gem stones, such as amber, coral, turquoise or pearls, should avoid contact with cleaning solutions. Rather than using a polishing cloth it is better to soak a Q-tip in the cleaning solution and swab the jewelry around the gem stones.

If your gold jewelry is plated – whether it be white, pink, yellow, or black -- follow the same care instructions as for gold vermeil jewelry. Rubbing the surface many times eventually wears off the color. Do not use abrasive materials to clean, such as jewelry cloths (which contain polishing compound). The best method is to rub the jewelry gently with a soft cloth or soak it in mild soapy water, rub gently with your finger and pat dry thoroughly. Store the jewelry in a plastic bag as a precaution to reduce exposure to the elements. Try to avoid contact with harsh chemicals, like hairspray, perfume, bleach or chlorinated water – even sweat -- or the surface treatment may wear off. 

Silver Jewelry

As most people know, Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of an another alloy, usually copper, to give it strength. Silver does not readily react to air or moisture at ordinary temperatures, but copper will tarnish over time. To reduce tarnishing, sterling silver jewelry should be stored away from moisture and oxygen and excess contact with water. Rub the jewelry’s surface gently with a soft cloth after wearing and store it in a plastic bag to reduce exposure to air. If the jewelry tarnishes, clean it with a polishing cloth and liquid jewelry cleaning solution. If the jewelry contains stones you must take extra precaution. Organic or porous gem stones, such as amber, coral, turquoise or pearls, should avoid contact with cleaning solutions. Rather than using a polishing cloth it is better to soak a Q-tip in the cleaning solution and swab the jewelry around the gem stones.



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