General Jewelry Care and Keeping:
Metals are awesome because they're durable and beautiful- but it takes proper care to keep them looking their best. Jewelry is affected by moisture, oils from your skin, your body chemistry, and your environment. Metals are soft and scratch easily by exposure to harder materials- if you use steel tools or abrasive materials, take off your jewelry first! The best way to care for it is to keep it clean and dry, away from humidity and chemical-filled spaces. Never store your jewelry in your bathroom, and do not wear it in hot tubs or chlorinated pools!
You can remove oils and bring back the shine to most jewelry by cleaning it with dish soap, water, and a soft bristled toothbrush. We sell Lavish, an all-purpose jewelry cleaner, safe for all jewelry including very delicate stones such as opals, pearls, and turquoise.
Tarnish happens when copper in the metal reacts to moisture and chemicals in the environment, creating a dark haze on your jewelry. Tarnish is common with silver, and can also happen with gold. It often sets in when the jewelry is stored instead of worn, because regular wear allows your body to absorb the excess copper (a perfectly normal and healthy process) instead of allowing it to react. Need a quick fix? We sell Connoisseurs Silver Jewelry Cleaner, dip your piece for 10 seconds and rinse in water to remove all tarnish and leave your jewelry looking brand new again!
Solid Gold or Silver:
Solid metals are the easiest to maintain. Luster can be restored by using our Lavish cleaner. Small scratches can be removed using a polishing cloth to keep your jewelry always looking pristine. Need a bigger overhaul? We can clean and polish your jewelry in our studio to remove all scratches and make it look brand new, whether it came from our studio or somewhere else.
Plated jewelry takes a little more sensitivity and maintenance than solid jewelry. The trade off is that you get a high end look at a much lower price. The final gold or platinum finish on your jewelry is a thin layer chemically bonded to the Sterling Silver underneath. Because it is thin, it is susceptible to scratching and wearing away. Avoid abrasives and moisture to prevent this. Plated finishes do not last forever and will wear away with time, but they can be re-polished and re-plated in our studio. If your plated jewelry tarnishes, our Connoisseurs Silver Cleaner can remove tarnish without affecting the fine finish.
Our plated finishes are of the highest quality materials and use the most environmentally friendly processes. We LOVE our customers and are here to help solve any jewelry problem you may encounter!