Each of our pieces of jewelry is handmade and very delicate. With the right care and careful handling, you will be able to enjoy your gemstone jewelry made of silver and gold for a lifetime. The majority of our jewelry is made of sterling silver, fine silver and 18k eco gold. Therefore, in this post we will focus primarily on these metals and, of course, how to deal with natural gemstones.
You can avoid tarnishing by wearing your jewelry frequently, as the oils on your skin will "clean" the silver and make it look shiny. However, any metal will darken and become dull over time. After all, lotions, direct sunlight, soap, detergent, perfume, contact with household chemicals, salt water, chlorine in swimming pools and even sweat all challenge fine jewelry and accelerate tarnishing.
Take off your jewelry before doing housework or gardening to avoid knocking out stones. It's also a good idea to remove your jewelry before applying creams and lotions. Gem settings can easily be clogged with cream.
To avoid tarnishing when storing your jewelry, make sure it is stored airtight as moisture is an enemy of precious metals. Your bathroom is the most convenient and at the same time the worst place to store your jewelry. If you still want to keep it here, use small ziplock bags to exclude moisture. If moisture is generally a problem, you can place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a packet of silica gel in your jewelry box.
Aside from moisture, the individual pieces of jewelry can harm each other. If metals rub against each other and possibly gemstones are also involved, your jewelry will quickly get unwelcome scratches. So make sure you don't keep multiple pieces of jewelry in the same bag or box unless you can use cloths to prevent individual necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings from touching. Leave link or chain bracelets untied or untied to avoid scratching.
Gold is not as sensitive to air and skin as sterling silver, but still requires occasional cleaning to maintain its luster. A soft polishing cloth that has been impregnated will help keep your gold shiny. The SILBO polishing cloth is our personal favourite. Make sure, however, to only polish the piece of jewelry using gentle, circular motions and not to get too enthusiastic. Despite added metals, gold is still very soft and easily scratched. I think it's also worth getting your favorite jewelry polished once a year. The cost is not high and your jewelry will look like new.
All of the gemstones we use are of natural origin and individually unique. As their popularity continues to grow and their availability is limited, their value continues to increase.
If you have acquired such a stone, you should know that gemstones are porous rocks and some of them easily absorb everything. Often a regular gentle wiping with a clean damp cloth is enough to "water" the stone. Be sure to avoid direct contact with contaminated, salt or pool water containing chlorine and chemicals such as bleach. Sulfur and detergents erode the finish and polish of the gems, dulling them. Hairspray, perfume, lotions, and excessive sweating can also cause dullness if jewelry isn't cleaned regularly. If you wipe your gemstone jewelry regularly after wearing it with a clean, soft, damp cloth and remove it when applying lotions and creams, the luster of the gemstones will be preserved. But even if creams or lotions on the back of the stones appear dull, a damp cotton swab can work wonders. Here it is again important that the metals have dried afterwards. This little habit ensures that your jewelery always looks its best. When your gemstone jewelry is not being worn, store it in a soft pouch. Please note that pearls and opals in particular should never be stored in plastic, as they like to "breathe". Opals in particular are very sensitive and need special care. We will therefore address this topic separately in our next post.
Sustainable jewelry made of sterling silver and eco gold with natural gemstones is something very special and deserves careful handling. Clean your pieces of jewelery regularly and avoid exposing them to bad influences by being mindful in everyday life. Your jewelry will thank you with shine and rich colors and will become your lifelong companion.