Many factors can influence the wear and tear of jewellery. You should take the same care of your jewellery as you would your favourite piece of clothing. Here are some important tips to help you keep your jewellery looking its best so that you can enjoy wearing it for years.
How to Care for Stainless Steel Jewelry
Stainless steel jewelry is made of a steel alloy that contains chromium. The good thing about stainless steel is that it does not corrode or rust.
Stainless steel jewellery is water resistant, which means you can wear it all day, everyday.
What makes us love stainless steel so much is that it is skin friendly with no allergies.
STERLING SILVER CARE:
ROUTINE STERLING SILVER CARE IS A MUST IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR JEWELRY LOOKING ITS BEST. HERE ARE 5 EXPERT TIPS FOR GORGEOUS, LONG-LASTING JEWELRY.
KEYWORD(S): STERLING SILVER CARE
Are you as obsessed with sterling silver as much as we are?
Whether you’re a timeless jewelry fan or keeping up with the trends, we’re just as wild about stunning accessories as you are.
While buying beautiful jewelry is fun and exciting, nothing ruins the mood more than lackluster tarnish.
But, not to worry! We’re here to show you that sterling silver care is easy, quick, and convenient. You just need to know the right tricks and techniques.
Let’s get to it!
1. KNOW THE DIGITS
Those sterling silver digits, we mean!
Here’s a good rule of thumb. If your goods have a rating of .950, they need consistent polishing. If they have a rating of .925, the material is sturdier and doesn’t need as much cleaning. All of Elleca’s sterling silver jewelry is .925 and should require a little less work than the silver you may have purchased elsewhere.
2. DRY SILVER IS HAPPY SILVER
Interesting fact: pure water by itself doesn’t damage sterling silver, but most of the water we’re exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. Chemicals and contaminants in the water can result in tarnished and dull-looking silver, so it’s best to know what’s what when it comes to water.
- Shower. It’s not a great idea to shower with your jewelry on, but once in a while isn’t going to do any lasting damage. Just make sure to dry it after.
- Swimming Pool. Take your silver off. Chlorine is a pretty harsh chemical, so if you accidentally forget to remove your silver jewelry before hopping in, make sure to rinse and clean it afterward.
- Hot Tub. Same idea as the swimming pool, but there’s even more chlorine in the hot tub and the heat can accelerate the chemical reaction.
- Hot Springs. The sulfur in natural hot springs will wreak havoc on your silver. Unless you’re going for that “dark oxidized” look, avoid at all costs.
- Bonus Tip: Chemicals in lotions and perfumes can also cause your jewelry to tarnish. Apply them first, let them dry, and then put your jewelry on. This alone can make a HUGE difference in your silver’s luster.
If you leave a fancy car out in the rain, what happens? It gets dirty! A similar principle applies to sterling silver care. You need appropriate storage for your stunning pieces. And, you need to be diligent about maintenance.
It’s best to store silver in individual, air-tight bags with anti-tarnish properties. These types of bags keep air exposure out and keep the shininess and brilliance intact.
Unclasp and unhook the jewelry to avoid potential scratching. Do NOT bunch several pieces in the same bag to save time or space. This can create tangling, scratching, tarnish, and that is exactly what we are trying to avoid here!
BONUS: MAKE YOUR OWN DIY CLEANER
Are you storing your jewelry correctly and polishing it, but still looking for a greater shine? Needing just a bit more brilliance?
Note: these are natural cleaning methods, as the harsh chemicals in professional cleaning products can be incredibly taxing on your jewelry.
WATER AND BAKING SODA METHOD
You will need 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda (use a bit more water if the jewelry has delicate features). Stir into a paste. Use an old toothbrush or cleaning wand to apply this DIY cleaner in gentle motions and movements.