Help & Advice - Cleaning & Care
There are many different theories on how to look after your jewellery, however not all methods are successful.† I therefore decided to share the tips and advice that I have picked up over the years and tell you the methods that I use myself (though I can not guarantee they will work for everyone).
There are two main factors in caring for your jewellery:
- My top tip for storing earrings is to always remove the rubber stoppers, otherwise your earring may tarnish rather rapidly.
- Anti tarnish strips have been highly recommend to me and I have recently added then to my own jewellery box (though it is too soon to say how successful they will be).† If you do use anti tarnish strips make sure they donít come into contact with your jewellery and that you change then every 3 to 6 months.
- Another tip is to store jewellery in an air tight, low humidity environment.
- And finally avoid storing jewellery in paper or cardboard, as apparently this can increase the rate of oxidation.
- My top tip is to avoid using silver or gold polish cloths on silver or gold plated items as they tend to be too abrasive and may actually strip off the silver or gold plating.
- I have been told that baking soda and toothpaste can also be used to clean jewellery, I have tried baking soda and did find that it gave my jewellery a lovely shine, unfortunately this was short lived however and it ended up duller and more discoloured than ever in a matter of days, therefore I wouldnít recommend this method and havenít tried using toothpaste as I am worried this may be too abrasive as well.
- Based on my experience it seems that the best way to clean gold and silver plated jewellery is to rub gently with a soft cloth.