What’s the Best Way to Clean Jewelry?
You want your jewelry to last you a long time, and so do I. A lot of heart and soul go into each piece and while some wear and tear are normal over time, treating your jewelry and giving it a little TLC can keep it looking great for a lifetime.
The Basics Don'ts
Avoid wearing while swimming, working out (yes, even yoga), showering, gardening or when working with chemicals. All of these activities can stress your jewelry, scratch it, bend it or just generally gunk it up (ew).
Cleaning Oxidized Silver Jewelry
Oxidized silver has been given a surface treatment to create a dark black color. Over time, this color may fade to bright silver and is considered normal wear. Never fear though, this blackening can be brought back simply and affordably. Contact me if you would like the oxidized patina restored to your Sharon Z Jewelry piece - firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that you want to wear your Sharon Z Jewelry piece all the time, but when you aren’t wearing it, we suggest storing it in the box that it came in or even better, in a tiny plastic bag with an anti-tarnish strip. The plastic bag trick works especially well for silver.
Eco-Friendly Tarnish Removal
Fun Science Project Alert!
Silver jewelry has a great luster and bright, white color, but over time, exposure to moisture and air can cause tarnish. Here is a fast, cheap, easy, fun and eco-friendly way to restore your silver jewelry to a bright shine.
Place a piece of tin foil in a heatproof bowl
Place jewelry on top of foil
Sprinkle baking soda and a pinch of salt over the jewelry
Pour boiling water over the jewelry and foil
The mixture will bubble (like you're a witch standing over a bubbling cauldron) for a moment and then your silver jewelry will be bright again.
Careful when removing jewelry-it will be very hot! (This seems obvious, but my lawyers recommended that I tell you this.)
Rinse with cool water
This method is safe for many stones, except for turquoise and opals. Also, be advised that while pearls will be fine in this process, the epoxy that often holds them in place might come loose due to the heat.
PS - this works great on gold that has discolored too!