How to care for your handmade jewellery -
♥ Protect your jewellery from scratches, sharp blows, chemicals, extreme temperatures and direct sunlight.
♥ Your jewellery should be stored in a soft lined jewellery box or organza pouch/bag. Try to keep pieces separate to avoid them rubbing together or tangling up.
♥ Keep chains and bracelets fastened.
♥ Remove your jewellery before swimming as chlorine and salt water may cause damage.
♥ Remove your jewellery when doing house hold tasks such as cleaning, gardening, household repairs or other strenuous activities.
♥ Remove your jewellery when playing sports.
♥ Apply all cosmetics such as make-up, moisturizers and hair sprays before putting on your jewellery, these types of cosmetics contain chemicals that may cause damage to your jewellery as does nail polish removers.
♥ After each wearing, gently wipe your jewellery with a soft 100% cotton cloth to remove any make-up residue and skin oils.
How to clean your handmade jewellery -
Commerical Silver Cleaners
Read the label, and if in doubt, do not use a chemical cleaner.
Jewellery Polishing Cloths
Use lightly to restore lustre. Do not press hard when polishing plated jewellery or you will damage the surface.
Easy Homemade Cleaning Solution
The best way to clean in places where a polishing cloth can't reach is simple is to use lukewarm water and a small amount of mild washing up liquid and a soft child’s toothbrush.
Tarnish occurs when Silver is exposed to the air and atmosphere, it causes a chemical reaction that creates something called Silver Sulphate. (The black discolouration on the jewellery, which can sometimes transfer to your skin.) This reaction can be prevented by storing your jewellery in a re-sealable plastic bag or wrapped in tissue paper. However you can remove any tarnish using a silver polishing cloth (carefully with plated items!) or with this simple homemade solution of boiling water, aluminium foil and bicarbonate of soda/baking soda:
♥ Line the bottom of the pan with aluminium foil. You may also use a disposable aluminium pan.
♥ Place silver jewellery or any silver object in the aluminium pan, making sure the silver touches the aluminium.
♥ Pour boiling water into the pan until the object is completely covered.
♥ Add a teaspoon of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda. As you add the baking soda, the mixture may froth a bit, be careful not to let it spill over. Keep the silver submerge for at least 5 minutes. The tarnish will begin to disappear quickly. For badly tarnished silver, you may need to repeat this process several times to remove all traces of tarnish.
♥ Rinse the silver with water and gently buff it dry with a soft towel.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SOLUTION SHOULD NOT BE USED ON ANY JEWELLERY CONTAINING BEADS, GEMSTONES OR PEARLS AS THESE MAY BE DAMAGED BY THE CHEMICAL REACTION.