CARING FOR YOUR JEWELRY
Wear your CG Jewelry often and store with care in a sealed bag or box to keep free of dust and maintain the finish. Your piece is made of organic materials and will naturally change over time. To preserve its existing finish, avoid prolonged exposure to beauty products, household chemicals, water and direct sunlight.
- Silver is less likely to tarnish if stored in zipped plastic bags, wrapped in cloth in a box, or other containers that keep out oxygen (exposure to oxygen speeds up tarnishing).
- Apply make up, perfume and other beauty products before putting on your jewelry.
- Steamy bathrooms are not ideal for jewelry storage - too much moisture will affect the finish of your jewelry.
For general purpose cleaning, rinse in warm (non-abrasive) soapy water, rinse and thoroughly pat dry with a soft cloth. Be sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing.
Gold vermeil: Buff with a polishing cloth. Do not use polishing creams or liquids on pieces with gemstones or pearls as the harsh chemicals can damage them.
Oxidized silver: For the most part, cleaning is unnecessary, though simply rinsing in warm water will do the trick when necessary. If that's not enough, clean with non-abrasive soapy water and rinse well - but only when needed. (Regular cleaning could remove the oxide finish.) The darkened look is created through an accelerated chemical reaction (patina) in the metal but will naturally lighten and wear with time. Some factors can speed up this process - individual chemistry, prolonged exposure to sunlight, water or beauty products for example. Not to worry, most of my pieces can easily be re-oxidized and I’m happy to do so for free, you only need to cover shipping costs (see above repairs).
Polished silver: Buff with a polishing cloth. Do not use polishing creams or liquids on pieces with gemstones or pearls as the harsh chemicals can damage them. If the entire piece is polished silver (no gems or oxidized parts), dipping in a silver polish also works.
Alternately, a homemade baking soda, salt, aluminum foil, and boiling water solution can be made and used to clean heavily tarnished sterling silver jewelry. This can be used on pieces with gemstones as well but if possible, always do a test on a discreet part of the piece. This process is not recommended on pieces with soft stones such as turquoise or pearls as it can damage them. (Though I have tried it with pearls and it seemed to work out ok). I found this handy article and YouTube video online describing the process.