Jewelry that is handmade with care should also be worn with care
COMMON SENSE (in other words, lessons I learned the hard way)
DO: Use mild soap, warm water, rinse well, and polish with a soft cloth.
Many stones are color enhanced and will definitely fade. Sterling silver and gold-fill metals can tarnish with age, so it is best to store your jewelry in an airtight container. Be careful, not all plastics are good for storing jewelry. Some plastic containers contain sulfur compounds causing your jewelry to tarnish faster. You will find this out quickly. Clean the piece as directed above or as directed by your jeweler.
Minimize scratches and tarnishing by storing your jewelry in separate, small plastic ziplock bags, and in separate compartments in your jewelry box.
Purchase small ziplocks from jewelry supply stores or try Ebay or Amazon. Jewelry can be stored in a jewelry box, regular box, or drawer, providing you store each piece in small individual zip-lock bags. These are the best, but they come in a large bulk:
Never store your jewelry in a pile or a dish. Metals and gemstones can cut and scratch each other. Chains can kink and tangle.
To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, lay each item out separately in a compartmentalized jewelry box. When carrying your pearls, use a protective felt-like jewelry pouch. Do not use ziplocks for pearls. Use the velvet bag or box that came with them.
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