Care, Cleaning, & Things to Avoid May 10 2014

People often ask if their jewelry will stay looking beautiful.  The answer is absolutely yes, with some basic cleaning and care. Fortunately sterling silver and cubic zirconia are very easy to keep clean and shiny with products that can be purchased at local stores.  Here are the main products we use and love and some helpful cleaning and care tips:

  • Connoisseurs Precious Jewelry Cleaner - http://amzn.to/1dlV4uh - We've used this product successfully for many years for quick cleaning of both stones and silver.  It does a great job making the stones sparkly clean.  Very fast and convenient, we keep this product on our bathroom sink and pop my jewelry into it once a week or so.
  • Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes Compact - http://amzn.to/1NxZ1Ci - These are incredible!  These easy to use, disposable wipes, clean your jewelry and leave an anti-tarnish coating.  They come in a convenient compact case.  They can be found in the jewelry section at Walmart as well.
  • 3M Tarni-Shield Silver Polish - http://amzn.to/1f4hIsx - This is an amazing silver polish and tarnish inhibitor!  It's very easy to use, makes your silver super shiny, and adds a protective anti-tarnish coating.  This is not something you have to use often, but if you feel like your silver is looking a little dull, or you get your ring wet frequently and want to prevent tarnish, using this product will give fantastic results. 
  • A cotton swab can be very helpful for cleaning the hard to reach areas. Especially the ones with pointed tip like these - amzn.to/OrXLUc 
  • All of the products listed are stone safe. As always, rub gently, and make sure to wash away all of the polish when you're finished to see the maximum sparkle and shine.
  • Things to avoid while wearing your silver: Chlorine and pool chemicals, swimming, showering, bleach, household cleaners and chemicals.  Always keep your silver clean and dry and free of hand lotions, perfume, hair products, body oils, makeup, etc.  
  • Keep your skin dry when wearing jewelry.  Remove ring before showering, sleeping, exercising, strenuous activities, or using cleaning products.
  • Try to follow the "Last On - First Off" jewelry rule, especially with rings.  Make your jewelry the last thing you put on before you leave the house - after showering, applying lotion, hair products, perfume, etc., and the first thing you take off when you get home, particularly if you're doing housework, dishes, gardening, or anything that could potentially cause damage.
  • Even if your silver gets tarnished or discolored....don't panic!  The beauty of unplated sterling silver is that it can always be cleaned, buffed, and polished backed to a magnificent shine!
  • Green or black finger? Statistics say 2-3% of people have skin chemistry that may cause sterling or argentium silver alloys to initially turn their skin green, black or other colors.  If you have experienced this issue or have concerns, please visit TradecraftJewelry.com/Skin for more information and solutions.
  • As with any handmade jewelry, wear with care, be gentle, and be sensible. :)