- What is Silver tarnish and what causes it?
- How can I avoid Silver Jewellery getting tarnished?
- My Jewellery is tarnished; what should I do?
- How do I look after my Pearl and Stone Jewellery?
- How do I Clean my Gold Jewellery?
- How to clean and care for Gold Plated Jewellery?
- How do I clean Stainless Steel Jewellery?
Jewellery Care Explained
A. Silver tarnish is:
- Tarnish is a natural process that causes silver Jewellery and other precious metals to discolour.
- Over time Silver tarnish or also called ‘blackening’ will happen due to exposure to sweat and skin oils which contain sulphur and acids. Oxygen, moisture and high humidity combine with sulphur and other acids create unwanted tarnish.
- Perfumes, lotions and other beauty products can also cause tarnish.
A. Ways to avoid silver jewellery tarnishing:
- To ensure that Jewellery stays bright for longer please keep it in an airtight container or bag (resealable bags are great!)
- After each use quickly give it a clean with a dry cloth before placing into airtight bag or container.
- We recommend putting your Jewellery on last when getting ready, as direct exposure to hair-styling products and perfume will often also damage the metal and gemstones.
- Don’t use Jewellery when swimming in chlorinated, thermal or salt water and when having a shower.
- Also avoid wearing silver while exercising as this will cause sweat and other toxins, which can contribute to tarnish.
A. Tarnishing care:
- If your jewelery has tarnished, you can restore its natural shine by polishing with a polishing cloth.
- DO NOT use solvents or harsh chemicals.
- Silver Dips are very good too. We recommend the Goddards Silver Dip – which is great for solid silver and silver plated items. You can just dip the piece of Silver Jewellery right into the solution, swish it around a little bit. Once it is swished around, just take it out, rinse it under water and dry it with a soft cloth and let hard-to-get-to areas dry naturally. If the piece has gem stones make sure that they are able to go into the cleaning dip. Certain gem stones are not allowed to go into some dips or ultrasonic cleaners, so always read the instructions first.
A. Some Pearl and Stone tips.
- Don’t immerse Jewellery with stones, pearls or similar items in water.
- Hair spray, cosmetics and perfume can discolour the pearls and weaken the string – it is best to get ready and put on your Jewellery last.
- After wearing clean the pearls with a soft piece of cloth. Cultured pearls can be scratched – do not use chemicals which are not designed for pearls.
- Pearls can be washed in a mild soap and water solution.
A. Cleaning tips for Gold jewellery:
- Gold Jewellery does not require too much cleaning other than a mild Jewellery cleaner found at most Jewellery stores. You can just dip the piece of gold Jewellery right into the solution and swish it around a little bit.
- If it has smaller areas you can use a baby’s toothbrush to just clean in between the links. Once it is swished around, just take it out and wipe it down with a soft cloth to get rid of all the Jewellery cleaner. Make sure if the piece has other gem stones that they are able to go into the cleaner.
- Certain gem stones are not allowed to go into certain types of Jewellery or ultrasonic cleaners, so you always want to read the instructions on the Jewellery cleaner.
- If you do not have any cleaner on hand you can also use some warm soap and water, again just submerge the piece into the water, swish it around a little bit and wipe it down with a soft cloth.
- But the best way to brighten up any precious metal Jewellery piece is to take it to a Jeweller and let them polish it up for you! It will look stunning but we would recommend not doing this every year as a fine layer of gold comes off the surface every time the piece gets polished.
A. Gold plated cleaning tips:
- For Gold plated Jewellery use non-abrasive cleaning materials. If a cleaning substance is too strong it may remove the gold.
- Do not let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray.
- Do not wear gold plated jewellery on a day-to-day basis, that way you will enjoy them for much longer.
- Frequently clean in a mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water. Use of a polish cloth, paste or strong jewellery cleaner is not recommended.
A. Stainless Steel jewellery cleaning tips:
- Never use jewellery cleaners. They break down the metal and can make the metal weak over time. The best way to clean that type of jewellery is to hold it in the steam that comes out of a water kettle or from a pot of boiling water, then take a jewellery polishing cloth and polish it up!
- Use toothpaste to clean grimier stainless-steel pieces, use a soft cloth to apply toothpaste- following the grain of the steel. You want plain white toothpaste that does not contain silica. Use a soft toothbrush to reach any etched areas. Afterward, apply plain warm water with a cloth, or dip your piece in the water. You may need to use a clean toothbrush to remove remaining toothpaste. Gently wipe dry with another soft cloth.
- Do not use a toothbrush on coloured Stainless Steel Jewellery as it may take the colour off.